Traffic chaos is a synonym for the Link Road in the city. Apathy on the part of the traffic cops deployed on duty to keep a curb on the traffic movement near Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-state Bus Terminal has caused sheer inconvenience both for the vehicle occupants and pedestrians on a daily basis.
According to the frequent commuters on the link road, the traffic snarls due to the unchecked parking, boarding and unboarding of passengers on the flyover is a common scene at any hour of the day.
However, what is even worse is the traffic cops deployed on duty seem to be a mute spectator to all this. Not just the commuters who are driving their vehicles are harassed, but also the pedestrians face a lot inconvenience on a daily basis.
Anuradha Sharma, one of the commuters said, “Traffic congestion on the Link Road near bus stand flyover has become a major problem for many commuters as more than half of the road is covered by the auto-rickshaws whose drivers, in a bid to search for the passengers, park their autos on the flyover itself. Not only they park their vehicles, but also load and unload passengers anywhere on the road.”
The issue was widely highlighted by Hindustan Times last year in May after which the traffic authorities concerned swung into action and the traffic congestion on the road was curbed up to a great extent for some period, but it seems with the passage of time things are back to square one.
A Punjab Roadways employee, on condition of anonymity, said, “Traffic authorities are well aware of the traffic congestion caused by the auto-rickshaws near bus stand, but they are working hand in glove with the latter, letting them flay traffic norms flagrantly.”
“Moreover, in the absence of proper road-crossing measures on the road near the bus stand, which is one of the busiest in the state with more than 70,000 visitors on a daily basis, are forced to cross the road at their will, while putting their lives in jeopardy. The administration can come up with at least a foot over-bridge or an under path to address the issue,” he added.
One of the shopkeepers located adjacent to the bus stand said, “Auto-rickshaw drivers park their vehicles on the flyover, posing a direct hindrance to the running traffic while the cops on duty look on. The traffic congestion on the flyover is a common scene on any hour of the day.”
Assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Richa Agnihotri said, “We deal with the auto-rickshaw drivers sternly and slap fine (challan) on all those who violate traffic norms or park vehicles at the said area, but passengers are equally responsible for the situation as they prefer taking running autos. In future, we will place cones on the roads to deal with the problem in a better way.”