Unauthorised auto-rickshaws stands parked on the local Shahid Bhagat Singh Interstate Bus Terminal are only not hampering the movement of vehicles but also creating problems for pedestrians.
Auto-rickshaws can be seen parked in zigzag way and drivers keep on waiting for passengers on the roads. Both the municipal corporation and traffic police authorities act like mute spectators.
HT team noticed that a long queue of auto-rickshaws on Satluj cinema road, Garha road, outside the depot of Punjab roadways, radio-station road and all the exits and entrance of roads.
Traffic cops deployed on roads have also shown helplessness, saying that drivers do not pay attention to their warnings.
“Our primary role is to ensure smooth flow of traffic. We are doing our duty and keep on requesting them not to park their autos for a longer period. Their problems are somewhat genuine as they lack proper space for parking around the bus stand,” said a traffic cop.
With vendors eating into a good share of space on the other side of the road, the stand has worsened the plight of road users. At the service lines near flyover, one finds it very tough to cross the bus stand region and drivers have to blow horns continuously to seek way for the vehicles.
There should be proper parking lots for auto-rickshaws and auto drivers should be instructed to take and leave their passengers at a designated place. Divya Budhia Gupta, a lecturer.
Such illegal auto-rickshaw stands not only hamper the movement of traffic but also pose a threat to the safety of road users. The roads should be cleared from unauthorised parking. Gorika Ahuja, a student.
We have written to the municipal corporation authorities to provide suitable parking lots for auto-rickshaws. Traffic cops have been deployed in the area to ensure smooth flow of traffic. Baljit Singh
Dhillon, additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic)