In a major initiative, the MC will form its own teams to curb the traffic menace and issue challans against wrong parking of vehicles, wrong entry or getting vehicles into the no-entry zone.
The teams, eight in number, will present the challans before the assistant commissioner and fines, as prescribed by the district transport office, for various offences will be collected.
“The MC decided to issue challans to put a curb on problems related to traffic and instill road sense and discipline among residents. We also plan to conduct a drive against the pressure horns. The drive will be conducted across MC limits,” said MC assistant commissioner Satwant Singh.
He added, “Challans will be issued against wrong parking, entry of vehicles in wrong side or no-entry zones. Non-gazetted officers, including assistant sub-inspectors, were directed to present the record before me. We will keep a proper record.”
District transport officer Anil Garg said the fine for wrong parking was Rs 300 and the fine for entry of the vehicle in no-entry entry zone is Rs 2000.
The law According to MC officials, the Punjab Municipal Act, 1976, allows it to issue challans for violating norms. Each MC team will shift from one place to another to check violations.
The idea seems to have followed after a series of meetings between MC officials and the traffic police.
Traffic at major arterial roads including the Mall Road, Pakhowal Road, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Chaura Bazaar moves at a snail’s pace at most times due to wrong parking and other rule violations.
Vehicles entering into the roads from wrong sides were also a major problem.
Parking of vehicles in service lanes along the Ferozepur Road, National Highway 1, is also a major cause of traffic irritant on the highway. Talwinder Singh, a city resident, said, “The MC teams should conduct a check on major roads so that resident should not suffer. The service lanes also need to be checked.”
Sources said the initiative had been tried previously too, but with the MC’s failure to maintain proper records meant it could not be sustained.