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With Kabaddi WC, traffic moves at snails pace

City commuters were a harried lot as the city roads witnessed long traffic jams since Saturday morning in view of the Kabaddi World Cup final at Guru Nanak Stadium here. Even though the police released a traffic plan, commuters were seen struggling to cross streets due to lack of awareness.

punjab Updated: Dec 14, 2013 18:41 IST
Harshraj Singh

City commuters were a harried lot as the city roads witnessed long traffic jams since Saturday morning in view of the Kabaddi World Cup final at Guru Nanak Stadium here.

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Due to the barricades installed at all entrances of the stadium, the traffic had to be diverted. Commuters were not allowed to move through the stadium road resulting in long traffic jams on Mall road, Bharat Nagar, Ghumar Mandi, Bhai Bala Chowk, Pakhowal road and other nearby areas.

Even though the police released a traffic plan, commuters were seen struggling to cross streets due to lack of awareness.

Ranjit Singh, a commuter at Ghumar Mandi, said, "This was all due to the mismanagement of the police. The police personnel were deployed everywhere but traffic routes should only be closed a few minutes before the match."

Thousands of police personnels were deployed around and inside Guru Nanak Stadium and on the roads leading to the stadium. The jams resulted in commuters spending over half an hour to cover the distance of around 1 km from Fountain chowk to Bharat Nagar chowk.

Manjinder Singh, a resident of Jawaddi, said, "It is a proud moment that Ludhiana is hosting the World Cup Kabaddi final but we are facing lots of problems due to traffic jams on roads. The administration should make better arrangements for the public so that they don't face any inconvenience in the future." Railway passengers, too, face troubles.

The railway passengers also faced troubles as police personnels stoped them from entering the road which lead to the entrance of the Ludhiana Railway Station near Guru Nanak Stadium.

Ravinder Juneja, who had to travel through a train, said, "I had to visit the railway station through the entrance near Guru Nanak Stadium but the officials asked me to go from another way. The VVIPs visits should be arranged in a manner that doesn't trouble the common man."