Despite having a designated bus stand and a bypass road, buses, and mostly heavy vehicles, prefer taking the main bazaar road, adding to the traffic woes of the locals at Dharamkot town, 14 km from the district headquarters.
The authorities seem to have failed to make buses take the designated way. Buses pick passengers for Jalandhar, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Jammu, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Abohar, Fazilka, Ferozepur and Rajasthan every day. Owing to neglect that the bus stand faces, it has changed into a "den of drug addicts" but the authorities allow bus drivers to halt at Shaheed Udham Singh chowk, the main intersection in the town, which leads to traffic chaos on the main road of the town.
According to information, buses are allowed to pass through the main highway, instead of the bypass, as transporters say their route is decided by the administration. If they take the bypass route, they say, they will have to travel 3 km extra. Travelling extra at a time when diesel prices are being increased regularly will cause a loss to them.
"The reasons why buses are not diverted to bypass are heavy rush of passengers on the main chowk and a race to ferry maximum passengers. Even though the heavy rush has led to many accidents, nobody is paying heed to the problem," said Bhupinder Singh Brar, senior vice-president of Youth Akali Dal, Dharamkot block.
"Apart from causing chaos, accidents at and near the main chowk have made commuting unsafe for locals, but the authorities seem to be least bothered. Heavy traffic and poor parking management are rampant on city roads," said Tara Singh Sandhu, former district Congress president.
Moga senior superintendent of police (SSP) Kamaljeet Singh Dhillon said, "We have deputed traffic cops outside the bus stop at the main chowk in Dharamkot. We do not allow heavy vehicles to halt at the main chowk but at some distance. I will ask the traffic control cell to look into the matter. The problem will be resolved soon."