Infrastructure & Safety

No signboards, tourists stumped on Madurai roads

MADURAI

The historical city is visited by pilgrims and tourists from the state as well as outside. Daily hundreds of vehicles head towards Meenakshi Amman temple, Thirumalai Naicker Mahal, Gandhi Memorial Museum and other tourist places in the city. Despite being a prominent tourist centre, the city roads lack signboards, especially at important junctions. Even those few on roadsides often go unnoticed by drivers.

Several tourists proceed to Rameshwaram, Tiruchendur, Theni and also to Kerala via Madurai. The vehicles proceeding to and coming from Rameshwaram via Madurai city come to a stop at Theppakulam junction as drivers are at a loss which way to proceed. The small direction boards installed a few metres from the junction invariably miss the eye. These inconspicuous signboards are on Ramanathapuram High Road and on the road towards city. “The direction boards on the road side are only for namesake. Most newcomers to the city have to halt at the junction and make enquiries. I deal with at least 20 vehicles in a day,” said S Kumar, a petty shopkeeper.

Full report here Times of India 

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