Cyclists in Chandigarh may soon have to face the stick from the police for violating traffic rules. In a significant order, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the UT administration to work out modalities to regulate the movement of cyclists on the city roads.
The issue of violations of rules by cyclists was brought to the notice of the high court during the hearing of traffic-related issues of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh before the single judge bench of justice Rajive Bhalla, wherein, UT SSP traffic and security, Maneesh Chaudhry, highlighted that jumping red light by cyclists was a common practice that puts the lives of the cyclists as well as other motorists at risk. He mentioned that in absence of any provisions in the Motor Vehicle Act, 1989, the police could not take any action against the violators riding on bicycles.
Justice Bhalla directed the administration to formulate a mechanism to rein in the cyclists and told the UT to work out modalities to challan or penalise the cyclists on the lines of cycle rickshaws. Justice Bhalla also directed the UT to ensure that cyclists only use cycle tracks and fix reflectors on their bicycles.
SEEKS REPLY ON TRAFFIC CONGESTION
The high court also sought replies from the city chief architect and chief engineer on the short term solutions to improve mobility on the city roads. The court noted that during peak hours, Tribune Chowk, Airport Road and Madhya Marg etc. witness traffic congestion and urgent steps needed to be taken. The court observed that construction of flyovers was a solution, but such proposals take time and interim arrangements should be made to overcome the problem of traffic chaos.
The court also asked the administration to file a response on the complaints of traffic jams due to VIP movement in northern sectors and added that the public should not face problems due to VIP movement. The UT police have also been directed to submit an affidavit on its proposal to install CCTV cameras at light points across the city.
SEEKS REPORT ON PARKING SITES
The court has also sought reports from the Chandigarh MC on the management of parking spaces in markets and other open spaces. The high court asked the MC to submit in detail whether there were mechanisms to track functioning of parking sites after allotment or parking lots are left to the contractors. The next hearing would take place on July 17.