Traffic flow in several parts of the city has been adversely affected due to various development works going on in city at a snail's pace.
Not only has the delay affected smooth traffic flow, but people too are throwing traffic rules to the wind, which has further added to the trouble.
The traffic police have initiated several drives against violators to curb traffic menace, but they too have proved futile.
The eight-laning work on the National Highway (NH-1) has resulted in chaos on the Jalandhar Bypass road, Samrala Chowk, Gyaspura area, Sherpur chowk and Sahewal area, as traffic congestions are apparent here. Traffic police have to struggle to control the flow of traffic at these places.
Similarly the construction of the under path at Ferozepur road has become another bottleneck in the flow of traffic.
One side of the Ferozepur road on Sidhwan Canal bridge was closed for three months soon after Diwali, the deadline for which would get over on February 20, but the pace of work signals that it may extend to another 20 days.
After the work gets competed, the company constructing the under-path would close another part of the road for the next three-months.
Construction of the under-path near Lodhi club has also added to the problems of the residents of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Rajguru Nagar, Barewal road, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and their surrounding areas. The road has been closed for traffic since past three months.
Construction of the expressway at the southern bypass is another trouble for commuters.
The police have closed the road from two places including Dhuri line railway crossing and the railway crossing between Pakhowal road and Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. The traffic here has been diverted towards Pakhowal road and Model Town extension.
MP Singh, a resident of Jawahar Nagar area, said, “Instead of starting several development works together, the authorities should wait before starting another project, as it cause several problems.”
Dhruman Nimbale, ACP traffic, said, “Since several development works are being carried oput, the traffic wing has diverted the traffic to other roads. Traffic police have been deputed at such places to control the traffic. The police also issue challans to violators.”