Trichy residents want trails cleared of encroachments | News Trichy
The city’s pathways are mainly used by vendors to display their wares. A few restaurants and tea stalls have set up their kitchens on the quays. As most of the commercial complexes in Thillai Nagar, Sastri Road and Salai Road lack exclusive parking space, people park the two-wheelers on the pedestrian platforms recently renovated by the local body as part of the mission of the smart cities at a cost of Rs 69 crore. Apart from that, street vendors display items for sale on the walking paths.
“Shops have the least regard for pedestrian platforms, mainly due to lack of enforcement. They take public space for granted. Even when walking to bus stops, people are forced to walk among the moving vehicles,” said A Saravanan, a student from Puthur. , noted. Residents expect council to take action to eliminate illegal settlements.
While some of the storm drains have been renovated and covered with reinforced cement concrete slabs, several drains have been left uncovered, posing a hazard to pedestrians. The more than four-year delay in forming a vending committee to regulate street vendors across the city is also helping the invaders thrive. The committee, if formed, could identify areas where street vendors can do business.