In spite of efforts to streamline the chaotic traffic plying on the busy city roads by authorities, nothing concrete has changed on the ground as unregulated auto-rickshaws continue to hassle commuters and add to the traffic woes of the residents.
The number of auto-rickshaws in Amritsar has multiplied over last few months. Moreover, the reckless manner of driving by the drivers of these three-wheelers is a reason behind continuous traffic jams on roads like Queens Road leading to Crystal Chowk, Bhandari Bridge, Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Amritsar among others.
Even the launch of Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) last year as an alternative public transport failed to regulate or decrease the auto menace.
The situation is worse at the city bus stand, where the road leading to the city near Sangam Cinema, is continuously blocked by these autos, leaving little or no space for the commuters or the buses to pass by. The situation worseness when these drivers recklessly stop their vehicles either to drop or pick their customers in the middle of a heavily-moving traffic.
Complaining about the same, Yuvraj Singh, a sales executive said, “Every time I visit the bus stand area, a lot of time is wasted due to the jams caused by the autos. These auto-drivers drive harshly and often carry passengers beyond their capacity to earn a little extra.”
Another city resident Neha Kapoor said, “These auto-drivers are really dangerous. It is a serious issue; I hope the administration does something for the residents.”
Raj Bedi Kaur, a senior citizen, said, “Why cannot we have a separate lane for these autos? An alternative has to be found by which neither these auto-drivers’ source or of income, not the residents are disturbed. I think a separate lane will serve both purposes.”
Rajendra Arora, a shopkeeper, said, “Only fear of law can improve the situation. If police want, they can solve the problem by issuing heavy challans.”