Thousands risk their lives while crossing road near bus stand

  • Sumeer Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 12:11 IST

To reach the bus stand from one side of the road to another, thousands of passengers risk their lives every day as there is no foot over bridge (FOB) linking the roads.

This then is a major civic amenity, the absence of which, makes life hell for the pedestrians as well as the vehicles that cross the Link Road leading up to the bus stand every day.

Estimates suggest that more than 70,000 visitors frequent the facility a day and more than 2,200 buses use the building, yet the municipal corporation only seems to be waiting for a mishap to happen before planning for an FOB, the easiest and the most logical solution is even started.

What makes the problem even worse is that the authorities have not taken any measures to ensure that the pedestrians and the vehicles are able to negotiate the road in a planned manner.

The passengers prefer to cross the road braving the traffic, as they would otherwise have to walk 1 km towards the Bharatnagar Chowk and then come back. In their desperation, some of the iron railings dividing the two roads have also been broken. Drivers, however, seem to have their own problem as they have to frequently brake and sometimes halt to let hordes of pedestrians let through. Shopkeepers on the road claim pedestrian also deboard outside the bus stand and prefer to then move out and cross the bus stand. This, they claimed, was the genesis of the problem.

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