The unsafe intersections in the city continue to put people’s lives at risk even as the administration prefers to turn a blind eye to the problem.
The intersection to the heavily populated Phase 2 of the Urban Estate on the Patiala-Rajpura road is a classic example of the administrative apathy. Several fatal accidents have taken place at the intersection, but the authorities have failed to install traffic lights at the chowk.
Area resident Bhupinder Singh said he had a narrow escape on several occasion at the intersection. The situation worsens during the peak morning and evening hours when traffic from the Urban Estate and the main road converges at the intersection.
Similarly, SST Nagar intersection near Iqbal Hotel on the Patiala-Rajpura stretch is another black spot. The traffic flow to the area has increased manifold over the years with the development of the SST Nagar market. Several educational institutes are also located in this market.
Station house officer of the area Puneet Singh said better traffic management could avert accidents at the intersection.
The Lower Mall is another problem area as it witnesses heavy traffic due to its connectivity with the city’s internal area. The situation has worsened due to poor traffic management.
There are at least two intersections on the Lower Mall — one near the Sai Market and the other near Modi College — that should have traffic lights, said area resident Deepak Aggarwal. He said: “There are several schools and educational institutes in the area and the authorities should make efforts to manage traffic to avert mishaps.”
Intersection of Phase 2, Urban Estate, on the Patiala-Rajpura road
SST Chowk near Iqbal Hotel on the Patiala-Rajpura Road
Modi College chowk, Lower Mall
Sai Market chowk, Lower Mall
Modi Mandir chowk, Passi Road
NIS Chowk near Mohindra College
Traffic lights should be installed to regulate traffic
Traffic cops should be deployed to check violation of rules
Speed breakers should be set up at several points
Encroachments on roads should be removed