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Bedlam on unmarked roads

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2010 01:14 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
Subhendu Ray

It was bedlam on a stretch of National Highway 24 between the Commonwealth Games Village and Yamuna Sports Complex on Wednesday. Thousands of vehicles — four, three- and two-wheelers — clamoured for space as traffic policemen closed down a lane on both sides of the traffic with a board that read "Games lane; do not enter".

But there was hardly any lane that was marked.

Without any other indication, the vehicles left just a 3.5-m area on the right next to the signage.

Traffic policemen, who were deputed to ensure that commuters do not drive on the dedicated lanes, were of the view that such rehearsals or trial runs would be of no use if the lanes were not marked.

"How would you give thousands of commuters a trial if the dedicated lane is not visible?" said a traffic policemen, who was on duty on the allotted lane.

"We had to organise the trail run despite the fact that dedicated lane markings were yet to be done at many places. The agencies concerned were scheduled to complete lane markings by August 31. I have requested Narayan Swami, special advisor, Commonwealth Games 2010, to hold a meeting and discuss the matter and ensure that road marking are completed before we start peak-hour trial run from next week," said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).

On Friday, lane rehearsal took place on five roads — Commonwealth Games Village to Yamuna Sports Complex (NH 24), Lodhi Road Madrasa to Lodhi Road flyover, Bhishm Pitamah Marg, and parts of Ring Road.

Even in those roads, blue markings were only on one stretch that starts from Lodhi Road Madrasa to Lodhi Road flyover. On all other stretches, roads are yet to be marked. "Somewhere only yellow lines are laid, where in some places roads are done with blue patches," said a senior traffic official.

Besides these lane marking on many other stretches under dedicated lanes are yet to be completed.

"We will complete lane markings within next three days. We could not complete them by August end due to rainfall," said K.K. Sharma, secretary, PWD.