VIJAYAWADA : The police have restricted the vehicular traffic on the Prakasam Barrage for almost a month on both the ends, as the government proposed to take up repair works of the barrage.
The vehicular traffic will be restricted from the midnight of April 17 to May 14. On the suggestion of safety and security experts committee, the Irrigation Department has proposed to undertake the repair works of Prakasam Barrage from April 18.
Vehicles from Vijayawada to Sitanagaram will be diverted via Kanaka Durga Varadhi-Mangalagiri and those coming from Guntur via barrage will be diverted via Kanaka Durga Varadhi-Netaji Bridge-Mahatma Gandhi Road or Screw Bridge and Benz Circle. The police are making special arrangements to provide free passage to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s convoy, which arrives in the city from the CM’s residence via barrage. The Chief Minister’s convoy would be allowed on the barrage or alternative arrangements would be taken up, a senior traffic police official said.
Vehicles to be diverted via Kanaka Durga Varadhi and Netaji Bridge will have to take additional 3 km in the diversion route. The only alternative route available to reach Mangalagiri, Undavalli and other capital region villages is Kanaka Durga Varadhi. Meanwhile, in view of the ongoing works of Kanaka Durga flyover, the traffic on Varadhi and Krishnalanka Road is likely to trouble the commuters.
“Though the repair works of barrage are important, in view of scorching summer, the government should relax the restrictions at least in peak hours. Month-long traffic restrictions will only create troubles for people, especially those travelling to and from Mangalagiri, Guntur and capital region,” Congress leader Bommala Srinivas said.