Boulders placed to close unwanted openings on roads posing risk to commuters' lives

  • Sukhpreet Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Apr 12, 2015 08:41 IST

The sudden spurt in road accidents in the city can be attributed to the boulders that have been placed by the municipal corporation (MC) to close unwanted openings on several roads. Apart from that the problem of unwanted openings on the medians on several roads has added to the miseries of city residents.

Authorities of the civic bodies had taken the initiative to close the unwanted openings on the medians a few years back, but they ended up giving a temporary solution to the problem by installing boulders, which are continuously posing risk to the commuters' lives. Some cylindrical boulders placed at various spots, and the huge ones placed on the national highway opposite Verka Milk Plant, are at the chance of falling on the road causing mishaps.

Besides, there are still many unwanted openings on the medians on different roads that need to be permanently closed for smooth traffic flow. Some of them were closed three years ago, but some were reopened later.

Commuters on two-wheelers usually try to take u-turn from these openings on the medians, and many times cross road passing through the area, thus interrupting the traffic flow.

Besides, the MC had to mark temporary yellow lines in Ghumar Mandi, Lakkar Bazaar and Field Ganj to manage traffic, and for parking of vehicles, but the lines have not been marked properly in the area, thus leading to continuous problem of traffic snarls.

The MC officials, traffic police and members of NGOs participated in a meeting few months back regarding the comprehensive mobility plan (CMP). The deputy commissioner had then asked MC assistant commissioner Satwant Singh to submit the action plan, but nothing concrete has been done till now.

Residents have been appealing to the authorities to take required steps to maintain the flow of traffic in the city, so that residents would not suffer from any problem in future.

Satish Thaman, member of Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee, said, "I have received several complaints in the past two months regarding accidents due to boulders lying on the roads and unwanted openings. Moreover, during nighttime people meet with accidents, as there are reflectors on the boulders due to which these are not visible and vehicles usually hit them in absence of proper light."

Residents Speak

The authorities should take strict action against the problem. Moreover, no signboards have been installed near the boulders, so this can be very dangerous for commuters.

Simerpreet Singh, resident, Guru Amardas Nagar

There are many unwanted openings due to which many accidents take place. One such opening is near Lodhi Club, which is very dangerous as there is underpass near the opening. Many accidents have taken place due to this opening in the past.

Raman Sharma, resident, Rajguru Nagar

Officials Speak

We are in a process to recarpet the roads, and these unwanted openings will be closed during recarpeting work. The boulders will be removed and medians will be constructed.

Ghanshyam Thori, additional commissioner, MC

Councilor Speak

I have file complaints regarding boulders placed on roads to the MC officials several times in the past three years, but all in vain. Government should take serious steps to resolve this problem.

Rakesh Prashar, councillor, ward number 39

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