Commuters are a harried lot due to private buses taking a halt in front of Preet Palace near Atam Nagar Chowk, which often leads to major traffic congestion. The authorities concerned are yet to take a stock of the situation.
Hundreds of private buses stop near Preet Palace which is not an authorised stop. Interestingly, cops can be seen deployed here but they ignore such practices leading to traffic jams.
Besides, there are some persons who have installed barricades to collect money (around Rs 10) from the private buses that halt near Preet Palace. Though this practice is illegal as they have no authority to charge someone, the police play a mute spectator.
The barricades installed by them cover around half of the portion of the road, leaving a little space for other vehicles to pass through, thus triggering traffic snarls.
The situation gets worsened during morning hours when buses in large numbers pass through this road. The bus drivers generally park their vehicles in the middle of the road.
So commuters prefer alternate routes to reach their destinations than taking this route in the peak hours to avoid getting stuck in the traffic jams.
Passport office is situated just a few steps away from the spot. Some people say appointments in passport office get late due to the traffic snarls several times.
My shop is situated near Atam Nagar Chowk where traffic bottleneck remains a major concern for long. Besides, the area is polluted due to hundreds of vehicles passing through the road. Barricades on the roads should be removed and traffic should be streamlined.
The illegally installed barricades near Preet Palace by private agents to collect money from private buses haunt commuters. Mishaps also take place due to abrupt halt by bus drivers. Though cops are deployed, they don't act against private agents to stop illegal practices.
The traffic department has already planned to take action against private buses for traffic violations. Necessary steps would be taken to streamline the traffic.
Richa Agnihotri, assistant commissioner of police (traffic)