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Traffic snarls rule the roost on Batala roads as cops sleep

Vishal Sally, Hindustan Times  Batala, December 24, 2013
First Published: 21:04 IST(24/12/2013) | Last Updated: 21:09 IST(24/12/2013)

With the Batala traffic police turning a blind eye to the issue of congestion on city roads, huge traffic snarls are seen everywhere around here.

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The situation remains particularly grim at Gandhi Chowk where the NH-15 passes from, thus creating a virtual mess. About half-a-dozen constables of traffic police at the chowk are not able to maintain order on the road.

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Even as the office of senior superintendent of police (SSP), sub-divisional magistrate and traffic police is located here, the presence of heavy vehicles (which are banned from 8 am to 8 pm on the road) raises a question mark on the working of the traffic police.

The encroachments made by shopkeepers and haphazard parking near the SSP's office adds insult to the injury.

The traffic police had deputed more than three dozen constables on various check posts but hundreds of vehicles are seen passing through the road, courtesy their alleged nexus with traffic constables.

The situation is no different on other roads where shopkeepers have extended their shops outwards through various means. They display their goods on tables outside their shops thus occupying more than 10-15 feet space on both sides.

When contacted, the local municipal council passed the buck on traffic police. The civic body officials said they had proposed one-way traffic on city roads and asked the traffic police for better enforcement to prevent congestion.

Traffic police in-charge TP Singh refused to comment on the issue.

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