With the opening of two-day farmers’ fairs organised by Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) on their respective campuses located right on the busy Ferozepur Road on Friday, the traffic moved at a snail’s pace on this road throughout the day.
There was a heavy rush of vehicles too, besides, the regular traffic flow on this road that resulted in chaos and caused inconvenience to many.
Though enough traffic cops were deployed outside the campus gates, they failed to manage the traffic chaos, which began around 9 in the morning and worsened as the day progressed. Majority of them kept on honking and went on breaking traffic rules that resulted to a chaotic situation.
Almost all buses that pass through this road to reach towns, like Moga, Patti, Ferozepur, Faridkot and Muktsar were also seen stuck in jam for hours. Women passengers, little children and elderly citizens suffered the most sitting in buses.
Ravneet Kaur, a bus passenger travelling to Moga, said, “Traffic police should make prior arrangements or at least should deploy more officials to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Our bus is stuck in jam for the past one hour and there seems to be no sign when the jam will get cleared.”
Besides, the area shopkeepers claimed that a few ambulances also got stuck in jam, and pointed out that the traffic flow got affected due to wrong parking on both sides of the road.
On top of this, several push carts selling different food items had also encroached upon some part of the roads and even the footpaths that are meant for pedestrians.
Talking to people stuck in the traffic, they said traffic police should issue challans to those who wrongly park their vehicles and encroach upon the roads.