Traffic lights of the city have proved to be a hurdle for commuters adding to the traffic woes rather than solving them. Of the 28 traffic signal across the city, some are dysfunctional; some broken while others have no timers thus causing inconvenience.
The traffic light ahead of gate number 2 of Punjab Agriculture University has been displaying all the lights such as red, orange and green from last 15 days. Despite numerous requests of the people, Municipal Corporation has failed to update the traffic signals and fix this problem. A tea vendor on the same location pointed out how this left commuters confused to cross the road or to stop. He claimed that several people were close to meeting with an accident due to the same.
Jasmine Kaur, resident of Sarabha Nagar, said, "I have to cross this road to reach my destination but from the last few days, a snag has developed in these lights and people are confused either to cross the road or to stop for their right signal. There are several traffic lights in the city which are non-functional or broken as authorities have turned a blind eye towards this problem which is causing traffic snarls in the city".
On the other hand, Satinder Singh, resident of Gill road said, "There are many traffic lights in our area which are broken which in turn leads to traffic jams. The authorities concerned must resolve the problem of traffic lights in our area at the earliest as the traffic jams are a nightmare!"
SP Singh, additional commissioner, MC technical wing, said, "I will look into this problem of Sarabha Nagar lights. Most of the traffic lights on Gill road were repaired. We will look into other areas as well."