Travelling on the city roads is nothing short of a nightmare for commuters here, who allege that mismanagement of the traffic system and people's irresponsible attitude lead to traffic snarls and other related issues.
Some crossroads, especially those on the national highway which are used by heavy vehicles, have no traffic lights. The traffic on the crossway to Chheharta Sahib Gurdwara on the GT Road, GT Road-100 ft Road, and 100 ft Road-Sultanwind Road intersections is regulated by neither traffic lights, nor police personnel.
Due to traffic police putting barriers on certain roads, people have made way by destroying parts of the dividers on the GT Road, leading to traffic snarls as buses try to take U-turns on the highway near Chief Khalsa Diwan, where there is no other way across.
Making the situation worse, traffic signals at the Pink Plaza and Ramtirath Road-GT Road intersections remain non-functional most of the time.
Commuters pay no need to traffic signals, especially the yellow light, leading to snarls, while authorities turn a blind eye.
Traffic signals with timers provide some relief, but only a few of these have been put up.
Deputy commissioner of police Kaustubh Sharma said, "We keep monitoring the issues and sending suggestions. The municipal corporation is supposed to implement the orders."
Asked if orders had been issued to put up traffic lights in specified areas, he evaded reply and blamed long procedures and lack of funds, but claimed that action would be taken and more head constables would be deputed for efficient enforcement of traffic rules.
We monitor the traffic regulation system and give suggestions to the MC. Rest is up to them
Kaustubh Sharma, deputy commissioner of police
Timers should be put up everywhere so people are not caught unawares when the traffic light changes
Harpreet Singh, teacher
People do not pay heed to traffic signals, as they do not fear the law, leading to accidents
Mukhtar Singh, resident
When the highway traffic is not regulated properly, how can the rest of the city expect any better?
Shashpal Singh, resident