(Metro News) Residents, motorists urge QC authorities to open access roads in Novaliches

December 19, 2009 1:32 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 19 -– Residents and motorists on Saturday asked Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte to call on private subdivision developers and homeowners association leaders to open access roads in key areas of Novaliches to avoid traffic congestion in the area.

The residents also said the appeal is also for the greater good of pedestrians walking to and from churches and two barangay (village) halls, Sauyo and Tandang Sora.

They said the QC government can implement the right of way (ROW) and Road Right of Way (RROW) regulations so there will accessibility to all.

This developed over the weekend after some residents of Barangay Sauyo, Novaliches took a short cut in three subdivisions which connects a portion of Old Sauyo Road to C-5 (Mindanao Avenue).

These subdivisions are DRJ Village, Victoria Subdivision and Kimco Subdivision.

When the resident of Barangay Sauyo entered Victoria Subdivision, he was told by a resident there is no short cut going to the chapel at Kimco.

After a short discussion with the Victoria Subdivision resident, the Sauyo resident walked for another 15 minutes to reach the Kimco chapel by taking the main gate a few meters away.

Homeowners officials of the subdivisions reasoned out security because they claim there have been strings of robberies in some houses. Another is the pollution brought about by all sorts of vehicles.

The “high handedness” of these homeowners have also caused big traffic jams daily at the corner of C-5 Mindanao avenue and Quirino Highway, especially with an underpass undergoing construction.

Long-time residents Novaliches said the absence of a responsive regulating local government unit (LGU) is one of the reasons of the traffic and pedestrian problems in Barangay Sauyo.

“Quezon City Hall is far from Novaliches. Effective local governance is needed in the centuries-old district,” says long-time residents. (PNA)V3/JCA

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