In absence of a clear strategy to streamline the flow of traffic on the busy roads and intersections, the traffic wing of the Ludhiana police commissionerate has once again become the target of public ire. One thing is leading to another as mismanagement has resulted in traffic snarls which in turn has increased nonstop honking thereby adding to the incidents of 'road rage' , a common sight on Ludhiana roads.
Ignoring the inconvenience of the people, the traffic wing has yet come up with another experiment of closing the intersection on Pakhowal Road, near Sacred Heart Convent School, Sarabha Nagar. As a result, the vehicles coming from various residential areas on Pakhowal Road, Model Town Extension and Sarabha Nagar have to go to Hero Bakery chowk to reach their respective destinations. Moreover, the vehicular traffic on this 1-km stretch (from Railway Crossing to Hero Bakery intersection) has increased by five times as people coming from Pakhowal Road, Municipal Corporation Zone D office and various blocks of Sarabha Nagar have no choice but to take a U-turn from Hero Bakery chowk to go to adjoining areas.
Subhash Singla , a resident of Pakhowal Road , a daily commuter on this stretch termed the decision as illogical and uncalled for. “Instead of deputing a traffic cop to monitor the traffic during peak hours, the traffic wing looked for an easy way out to close the intersection that has caused chaos. The heavy vehicles coming from Doraha and Pakhowal Road that have to reach Ferozepur Road also take this route which in addition to extra traffic on just one road has become a problem for vehicles plying on this road,” Singla rued.
Giving his expert opinion on the issue, Kamaljit Soi, the vice-chairman of Punjab State Road Safety Council said, “Developed nations are opting for rotaries as a viable solution to ease traffic and in a city like Ludhiana where there is the need of more rotaries, the authorities are doing away with the existing ones. This particular stretch can only be decongested if the closed intersection is opened followed by stationing of dedicated traffic cops to monitor the traffic during rush hours,” Soi added.
A group of drivers of the buses /vans of schools functioning in the nearby areas also expressed their helplessness over the traffic chaos that had doubled their time on road. The drivers also stated that parents were frantically calling them for the last one week as their children now take double the time to reach home after school.