Absence of traffic lights leads to chaos

  • Deepa Sharma Sood and Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 19, 2014 20:10 IST

The absence of traffic lights on the Chandigarh Road in front of Veer Palace has become a cause of concern for commuters. With four intersections and not even a single traffic cop deployed, traffic jams are a routine affair here.

Due to the absence of traffic lights, traffic on the stretch reaches a peak during peak hours with commuters taking no less than half an hour to cross the stretch.

A commuter, Anil Sharma, said, “I live at Police Colony on Chandigarh Road. Whenever I cross Veer Palace, I get stuck in a traffic jam as there is no traffic signal installed. Accidents, too, take place as everybody tries to cross the road. Vehicles get stuck between intersections which lead to traffic jams on the road.”

The situation is no different at Hambran Road with more than a few intersections, but no traffic lights.
There are three intersections and no traffic light installed in front of Bassi Hospital. With two more hospitals on the road, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and Lifeline Hospital, the road remains choked.

Adding to the list is Ferozepur Road, where, after crossing Sidhwan canal, several intersections lack traffic lights. Residents have been demanding installation of traffic lights at Phullanwal Chowk and crossings at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Vishal Nagar, Punjab Mata Nagar, and Sidhwan Canal on Pakhowal Road, but to no avail.

Non functional traffic lights

While a few areas don't have traffic lights, others that do are non-functional. Several traffic lights don't function in different areas of the city increasing the risk of accidents. Commuters rue that the municipal corporation (MC) does not pay any heed towards these non-functional lights. This has also disrupted traffic flow. Moreover, timers installed at these lights also don't function properly.

On inspecting different areas of the city, non-functioning lights were found on the road leading to Kitchlu Nagar from Ferozepur Road. Lights near Verka milk plant and Barewal Road were also not working.

Jagjeet Singh Mann, an environmental activist, said, “The MC should pay attention to ensure that traffic lights function properly. It should also install new traffic lights where they are needed. The timers should be set in a planned manner so that the flow of traffic does not get affected.”

When contacted, additional commissioner, technical, SP Singh, said, “The traffic lights are available at 26 intersections in the city. We are going to install new traffic lights beyond Canal Bridge till MC limits on the Ferozepur Road. We don't have any plan to install new traffic lights on Chandigarh Road, Pakhowal Road or other places yet. We will consider it in the future”

Singh expressed ignorance about non-functional traffic lights, but assured that they would be made functional soon.

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