With the traffic in Ludhiana growing by leaps and bounds, autorickshaws plying here have only added to the woes. These haphazardly-parked autos can be seen parked illegally at various places of the city.
One such area where the maximum number of illegally-parked vehicles can be seen is the Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter State Bus Terminal. The auto drivers, who park their vehicles illegally, can be seen flouting traffic norms with impunity, thus creating traffic snarls. To everyone’s surprise, traffic cops remain mute spectators most of the time.
Besides, the illegally stationed tempo travellers at the Kochar market road are also becoming a major problem for commuters and the area shopkeepers. The traffic cops, who are deployed on duty at the stand just next to the place where these vehicles are parked, don’t bother to take any action against them.
Also, the ill-practice of parking autos at the flyover near the bus stand has become a norm. Since there is no footpath for pedestrians on the flyover, the problem becomes worse and pedestrians are forced to walk in the middle of the flyover.
Sources say the auto-rickshaw drivers are hand-in-gloves with traffic cops, and they get away easily by greasing the palm of cops.
In their quest to ferry more and more passengers, these auto-rickshaws are posing a threat for commuters, said a local resident.
The area outside the railway station is another such example where the irregular stoppages of autos have been causing traffic snarls on regular basis. Despite raising the issue many times, no action is taken against the violators.
Meanwhile, Harpreet Singh, president of the Kochar market association, said, “We have submitted a complaint against the illegal parking but no action has been taken as of now. Whenever, we raise the issue with the auto-drivers, they behave rudely and challenge us to complain about them.”
Meanwhile, Jashandeep Singh Gill, assistant commissioner of police, traffic, said, “Though challans are being issued against traffic violators on regular basis, we will inspect these areas and the required action will be taken.”