The traffic system in the city remained paralysed on Saturday and is expected to be so on Sunday also as a large number of traffic policemen have been shifted to Jagraon for the BJP rally to be addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Out of the 273 total traffic staff, nearly 150 have been deputed to Jagraon and cities such as Ludhiana, Moga, Nakodar and Mehatpur. In the absence of traffic cops from majority of chowks in the city, residents may have to face traffic jams.
The commissionerate police have, however, asked all station house officers (SHOs) to make arrangements to regulate traffic on roads in their respective areas. Karan Kumar said that since Friday, he has not seen any traffic cop at Football Chowk, one of the main points to enter in the city. Mandeep Kumar of Basti Sheikh said that BMC Chowk has become a headache for the commuters due to absence of traffic policemen.
DCP Rahul S said that the staff of police stations along with PCR staff will manage the traffic in the absence of traffic cops and people would not face any problem.