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Posted On: 5 August 2009 12:46 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Industrial Area traffic in ‘absolute chaos’

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Residents of Ain Khalid say they are living in ‘absolute chaos’ for the past three years as internal roads of the locality are being used by motorists and lorry convoys to reach the Industrial Area. There are traffic snarls in the mornings and evenings on weekdays as work on the main Industrial Area intersection has been on for long. A lot of traffic accidents take place in the locality as vehicles prefer to take short cut route to the Industrial Area from the main Salwa Road to avoid traffic jams. Trailers full with goods to the brim have been involved in accidents and collided with the outer walls of residential compounds not only causing damage to houses but also endangering the lives of inhabitants, among them women, children and the elderly. “Until only a few years ago, the area used to be so clam and quiet and hardly any car was seen after dusk. It was a purely residential locality. Now, there is absolute chaos,” said Mohamed Al Ghanem, a resident. The traffic jams witnessed on the internal streets of the locality each morning and evening, according to him, are due to the fact that motorists and even heavy vehicles take a short cut to reach the Industrial Area since the main intersection remains closed due to construction work. “The branch roads in our locality have actually become arterial and access roads to the Industrial Area where thousands of people go work each day,” he said. The problem has been existing for the past three years and it is anybody’s guess when it would end, he added. Accidents take place in the area on a daily basis and some trucks have even collided with the outer walls of homes in the area. Some cars and even ply on the pavements of houses in the locality, said Saad Al Ghanem. Area traffic in ‘absolute chaos’