These are some photos of traffic between Perumalmalai and Kodaikanal on Friday, 5th November 2021. There are reports of people taking three and four hours to negotiate this twelve-kilometre stretch.
Kodaikanal cannot handle this volume of traffic. There are no places to park within the town and most hotels don’t offer sufficient parking. It is becoming an ordeal for residents and tourists alike. This phenomenon is nothing new, it has been going on for decades.
One would have imagined that politicians and bureaucrats would have come to grips with this alarming spectacle and done something about it. There was even a report in the newspapers that the Superintendent of Police, in Dindigul, had allotted over 40 police to handle traffic during this period. They must be superheroes as not one is visible on the roads!
Merely throwing our hands up and stating we are a third world country isn’t any solution. We aren’t a third world country but the dirt, filth and lack of infrastructure in our cities make people want to escape at any cost. Hill stations appear to be the only salvation. They are certainly not to be blamed.
At present there are no symptoms of administration whatsoever. The collector needs to reintroduce the ePass system, whereby tourists can come and enjoy what is on offer in these Palani Hills in a regulated manner. Visitors can thereby enjoy themselves without getting snarled up on roads, which are in a pathetic state of disrepair.
Road rage, combined with the frustration of finding a spot to park, along with mounds of garbage, are the order of the day. Cars and vans, parked in desperation, block arterial roads, leading to even greater chaos.
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