Though Dharamkot town has a designated bus stand and a bypass road, yet buses, and mostly heavy vehicles, prefer to take the main bazaar road, adding to the traffic woes of the local residents of the town, 16 km from here.
The authorities concerned seem to have failed to persuade the bus drivers to take the designated road. Buses pick passengers for Jalandhar, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Jammu, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Abohar, Fazilka, Ferozepur and Rajasthan everyday from the town.
Owing to neglect that the bus stand faces, it has changed into a “den of drug addicts”, but the authorities allow bus drivers to halt at Shaheed Udham Singh chowk, the main intersection in the town, that leads to traffic chaos on the main road of the town.
According to information, buses are allowed to pass through the main highway, instead of the bypass, as transporters say their route is decided by the administration. If they take the bypass route, they say, they will have to travel three km extra. Travelling extra at a time when diesel prices are being increased regularly will cause a heavy loss to them.
“The reasons why buses are not diverted via the bypass are heavy rush of passengers on the main chowk and a race to ferry maximum passengers. Even though the heavy rush has led to many accidents, nobody is paying heed to the problem,” said Bhupinder Singh Brar, senior vice-president of Youth Akali Dal, Dharamkot block.
Brar said that, “Apart from causing chaos, accidents at and near the main chowk have made commuting unsafe for locals, but the authorities seem to be least bothered. Heavy traffic and poor parking management are rampant on city roads.”
Moga deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said, “We have deputed traffic policemen outside the bus stop at the main chowk in Dharamkot. We do not allow heavy vehicles to halt at the main chowk but they stop at a distance. I will ask the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) to look into the matter. The problem will be resolved soon.”