The 'dexterity' of the Amritsar traffic police in managing the traffic on the city's roads came to the fore on Saturday during the visit of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who was in the city to review development of the city and to take stock of the ongoing projects currently underway in different areas.
On Saturday, traffic norms were thrown to the winds and almost all the roads in the city led to chaos as hardly any traffic cop was around to control the unruly scenario that prevailed on the roads of Amritsar.
A nearly pan-city jam greeted the deputy CM as his convoy tried to make its way through the city's streets to different locales where work on major development projects is going on. Some of the boulevards where the jam was witnessed included Lawrence Road crossing and the roads linked with it, Queen's Road, Court Road, Crystal Chowk, Fatehgarh Churian Road, and the Bypass.
Poor traffic management on Lawrence Road
The scenario prevailing on Lawrence Road Chowk begs a mention. The area is one of the posh locales in the city and witnesses heavy rush on account of the commercial establishments, shopping hubs and famous eating joints situated there.
Besides this, on normal days, the area receives heavy commuter rush from the Mall Road side, and Madan Mohan Malviya Road, and adjoining boulevards including Batala Road, Jamun Wali Sadak, Shastri Nagar, Police Lines and Majitha Road. However, on Saturday, the regular traffic coupled with the lack of traffic management on the part of the traffic cops added to the traffic woes.
A lone lady traffic constable was seen making attempts at managing the scores of vehicles that were lined up there due to the inability of the traffic cops to manage the rush. The jam on Queen's Road was caused by the partial closure of the road and cops were seen standing inside the barricaded area.
Residents step into traffic cops' shoes
There was a complete jam from Crystal Chowk to Lawrence Road Chowk and traffic cops remained mute spectators as residents stepped into their shoes and managed the traffic.
Daily commuters have a tough time
The daily commuters had a tough time passing through the routes they traverse almost daily on account of the traffic jams prevailing on most of these routes. Honking horns, cars lined up bumper-to-bumper along the roads, an assortment of two, three and four wheelers trying to inch their way ahead through the melée and adding to the already existing mess, drivers signaling each other to move further or behind to allow them to pass and instances of verbal duels were witnessed on the roads on Saturday.
Deputy CM too encounters a jam!
What to talk of the daily commuters, the ride across the city's roads proved to be rough even for deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. The visiting dignitary's vehicle had to be moved backwards at the bypass on account of the traffic jam prevailing there.