Accusing the city administration of a lack of planning, All India Pingalwara Chartiable Society (AIPCS) raised its voice against the traffic chaos witnessed near the main gate of its GT Road branch, where the ramp of the elevated road descends, which is emerging as an accident-prone spot.
Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, society members said that at the spot where the ramp of the elevated road descended, the traffic coming from this ramp, service lane as well as that moving out of Sharifpura came together at one point, creating traffic chaos at the junction.
"Due to the lack of planning while constructing the elevated road, this spot has become like a death trap. From the elevated road traffic comes down at a high speed, which meets the traffic moving out of Sharifpura at its end point. Even the traffic moving towards Sharifpura from GT Road has no other option but to turn in front of the ramp. Hence, traffic from three sides comes together at one point which increases chances of accidents," said AIPCS chairperson Inderjit Kaur.
In order to address the problem to a certain extent, the society had parked one of its vehicles at the starting point of the elevated road ramp, and added that they would block the ramp till the time the ramp was extended and the problem addressed.
Kaur said the Pingalwara had written to the municipal corporation on November 22 highlighting the issue and requested it that the ramp be extended up to the T-junction in front of Bhai Ghanaiya Market, so that traffic movement could be maintained.
"Pingalwara honorary secretary Mukhtar Singh, who is a retired town planner, had even provided a solution, but we got no response from the MC," she said. Singh had suggested that if the boundary of the service road were extended up to the T-junction then it would segregate the traffic flow coming from different sides.
The society demanded that the trucks not be allowed to be parked near the Bhai Ghanaiya Market, the service road outside the Pingalwara should be freed from any kind of encroachments and that electric poles on service road should be shifted.
To take a better view of the situation, mayor Bakshi Ram Arora, along with councillor Rajesh Honey, visited the site. After inspecting the area and hearing the problems and suggestions of the Pingalwara members, the mayor ordered immediate action.
"Since traffic from three points converges here, the area has become an accident-prone spot. After inspecting the site, I have ordered the officer concerned to take preliminary action on the spot. The ramp will be extended till outside the market, barricading will be done along the ramp to control the traffic and electric poles will be removed from the service lane," he said.