THE ROAD between Habibganj Naka and the District Jail and further is an extremely important and busy road of new Bhopal. Thousands of motor vehicles run up, down and sideways on this road round the clock traversing through major shopping plazas, trading centres, residential colonies and government offices including the State Secretariat.
During the last couple of years, the State and the civic administrations have invested huge funds in improving the condition of this and other roads, erecting road dividers and installing automatic electronic traffic signals to facilitate the flow of traffic. Private companies have cooperated by beautifying the roundabouts. All this deserves kudos and the public was liberal in showering praise on the administration.
It is, however, a pity that despite all these efforts the traffic on this and connecting roads has continued to be chaotic. There are several reasons for this hopeless situation. One, most of the time there are no traffic constables on duty on this road to oversee the flow of traffic and to book the offenders. Even if some one is there, he stands listlessly and looks on helplessly as if he has no heart in the job.
Two, there is no separate staff to book the law-breakers. The solitary constable on duty at any one traffic signal is unable to do both the duties, that is, to regulate the traffic and to book the rule-breakers. He is simply overawed by the Tsunami of lawbreakers. Three, there is no effort by the administration to educate the people about the road manners.
Almost every road user, pedestrians included, breaks the rules with impunity. It is clear that they have no knowledge of the road safety rules. Four, more than half the time traffic signals remain shut/out of order because of one or the other problem.
Last but not the least, though roads have been built there is no maintenance. There are potholes, obstructions and cuts on the roads. The police and civic administration must galvanise themselves to pay attention to shortcomings pointed out and take remedial measures before the problem goes out of hands. The RTO has to be strict about issuing licences and the police about enforcement. The PWD must attend to the maintenance of the roads in all the sectors of the City.