At Kotkapura, traffic lights had been installed by demolishing the old chowk years ago to give the town a modern system to control the flow of traffic. But since then many years have passed, but the old chowk now known as Lightan Wala Chowk, still faces traffic problems.
Lights have been installed to control traffic at the chowk, but big potholes on the Muktsar and Jaitu roads create problems for the smooth flow of vehicles. At any given time there is a great rush of vehicles at the chowk as it gets traffic from all four directions.
A large number of vehicles coming from Moga, Bathinda, Jaitu, Muktsar and Faridkot have to pass through this chowk and long queues of vehicles can be seen at the chowk.
"The buses stopping at Muktsar road choke the flow of traffic. There are potholes on Muktsar road that work as speed-breakers. Vehicles move at a snail's pace here, creating traffic bottlenecks," says a local.
"Buses stop on the roadside. Small vehicles entering the town from the Faridkot and Moga roads have the option to turn left and go to Moga and Jaitu roads without stopping at the lights, but such free lanes do not exist on the Jaitu and Faridkot roads," says Rajiv, a local.
"The Faridkot road at the chowk is wide and the vehicles coming from the Muktsar road can take the Faridkot road without stopping at the traffic lights via the free lane, which has potholes and is filled with water during rains," he adds.
Chamkaur Singh, a teacher, says, "This is the main chowk of the town with a great inflow of traffic, but it is in a deplorable condition. People drive vehicles at a great speed to avoid the red light. The chowk is prone to accidents."
Though the Kotkapura traffic police from time to time have put up instructions advising bus operators to stop buses about a hundred metres away from the chowk, but bus operators do not seem to care for such instructions.
Bhushan Kumar Mittal, senior vice-president of municipal committee, Kotkapura, says, "The roads belong to the PWD and we have repeatedly written to them. There is a Rs 22-lakh project under process to make these roads and chowk cemented. The work will be finished soon."
He admitted the chowk did not have the required space to provide free lanes in all directions to allow free passage of traffic.