Commuters in the city are becoming increasingly hassled by traffic snarls caused by buses halting anywhere on the road instead of at the designated bus stops.At times five to six buses halt in a line, blocking traffic and creating more headaches for motorists, particularly at busy intersections like the Jalandhar bypass, Samrala Chowk and Laddowal.
However, the traffic police have still not bothered to take appropriate measures against errant bus drivers.
Buses which come from Jalandhar , in specific, create more chaos as they halt at the same point meant for city buses, thereby leading to more traffic in the area. Besides, drivers of certain private buses also tend to halt in the middle of the road, with an aim to generate extra profit from passengers.
Jeevan Sidak Singh, a local resident, said, “There is as it is so much traffic in the city, and these buses only add to a commuter’s frustration levels while travelling. The authorities must look into this problem and not allow more than one bus to halt at one point at the same time.”
Meanwhile, a student of Lovely Professional University (LPU), Jasjeet Singh, takes a bus daily from Jalandhar by-pass. “Due to long traffic jams, I get late daily. The buses cause a nuisance at Laddowal too. The authorities should take action to provide relief from such jams. Ideally, the buses should only be allowed to halt at bus-stops.”
Vinod Kumar, traffic police incharge said they were trying their best to control the jam daily and conveniently blamed the buses coming from Jalandhar road for the same, “That road is not in a good condition. The situation can only improve once the road is constructed properly,” he added.