The commissionerate police’s claims to start a drive for providing hassle-free traffic went for a toss on Sunday after they put barricades on the stretch between Skylark Chowk to Guru Nanak Mission Chowk on account of election at the Jullundur Gymkhana Club in Old Baradari area of the city.
Hundreds of motorists and commuters faced a huge inconvenience from morning till evening due to the move.
Besides this, several showrooms, shops and kiosks too were asked to shut. A team of policemen was deputed on the road and outside the Gymkhana Club where election for its new executive committee was underway.
The traffic was diverted to Jyoti Chowk and Nakodar Chowk which remained heavily crowded due to the Sunday market.
Moreover, a very few traffic policemen were seen near Jyoti Chowk where a police team remains present every Sunday for a smooth flow of traffic on Old GT Road.
Senior police officials said the road was blocked in the past too for the Gymkhana Club elections, held every two years.
A restaurant manager said that their outlet remains crowded on Sundays but a few people turned up on Sunday since the road was closed for traffic.
Rohit Sharma, a resident of a locality near Skylark Chowk, said vehicles coming from Skylark Chowk side worsened the situation and the road was blocked.
Raman, a commuter, said it was really surprising that the city police blocked the road for a private club election and caused inconvenience to the public. He said if the police had to block the road, they should have informed the public a day before.
Industrialists, professionals, businessmen and senior government officials are members of the Gymkhana Club, but daily wagers, vendors and commuters, who have least to do with its elections, suffered the most.
The policemen deputed near the barricades said that the road will remain closed till 10 pm when the outcome of elections will be out.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Baljit Singh Dhillon said the barricades had been erected for convenience of public, especially to avoid traffic jams.