Monday, November 30, 2009


Published Date: 27/Nov/2009

By G Saravanan

Chennai, November 26: ENRAGED over the callous attitude of the Chennai Port Trust in easing trailer congestion on arterial Ennore Expressway, residents of Thiruvotriyur municipality on Thursday fired an ultimatum to the trust to set its container trailer yard right within a week and keep the road clear, or else they would block the entry of all container trailers after December 3.

The port trust has never tried to understand the local peoples’ difficulties, as its container trailers fully occupy the expressway leaving hardly any space for other vehicles and public transports like MTC buses, the residents say.

G Varadarajan, coordinator of North Chennai People’s Rights Federation, told Express, “the residents are peeved over the piling up of container trailers on the busy stretch almost every day.” Had the trust developed the container trailer yard properly, it would have considerably reduced parking of such trailers, which eat into more than half of the road, he said. “This move would prod the trust into chalking out a permanent solution to the perennial problem,” he added.

Drivers of container trailers also blame the trust management for the illegal parking of vehicles. “We are here to do business, but the ‘service’ provided by the trust forces us to wait in long queues to deliver or pick up containers,” an owner of a fleet of trailers told Express. Besides, vehicles of other heavy industries near Thiruvotriyur are also at the mercy of these container trailers. Over 5,000 container trailers use the stretch from Kasimedu to Ernavur a day to reach the Chennai Port.

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