In a bid to appease a particular lobby of shopkeepers, some party leaders, tearing the Motor Vehicle Act to shreds, have allegedly pressurised the Batala traffic police to impose restrictions on movement of vehicles on a city road leading to Hansli bridge.
Now, the commuters coming from the vegetable market will have to drive on the right side of road which leads to Hansli bridge.
The flagrant move on the part of the cops has not only created chaotic condition on the road but has also put a massive question mark on the working of the traffic police department.
According to information, after failing to put a check on the haphazard parking and to remove encroachment raised by some of the shopkeepers on city road, the traffic police on Thursday enforced one-way traffic on the road.
Talking to HT, Inder Sanan, a resident, said though the police had already enforced one-way traffic on the road, commuters, who were coming from Nehru Gate, had to cross the city road to reach Gandhi Chowk, leading to smooth flow of traffic, but now, the traffic police had placed a barricade right in front of the old vegetable market and compelled the commuters to drive on right side of the road to reach Gandhi Chowk, which created huge traffic jams on both ends of the road, Sanan said.
"This shows how cops instead of maintaining traffic rules are breaking them with impunity and are susceptible to political pressure when it comes to the crunch," he said.
A municipal council official on the condition of anonymity said they had already made demarcation on all roads and if anyone displayed goods or parked vehicles beyond that limit, it was the duty of the traffic police to issue challan to them. The traffic police had completely acted against the statutory norms for the reasons better known to them, he added.
When contacted, TP Singh, in-charge, traffic wing, said some shopkeepers of the city road had met the Batala senior superintendent of police (SSP), who had asked them to impose the new rule.