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Commute from Chandigarh to Panchkula a driver’s nightmare

With limited road connectivity and ever-increasing traffic, commuting between Panchkula and Chandigarh is nothing less than a challenge, further aggravated by traffic snarls during peak hours.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 23, 2015 11:40 IST
Vinod Kumar

With limited road connectivity and ever-increasing traffic, commuting between Panchkula and Chandigarh is nothing less than a challenge, further aggravated by traffic snarls during peak hours.

Panchkula is connected to Chandigarh with four roads — via Housing Board Chowk, via Mansa Devi Complex, Hallo Majra via Industrial Area in Panchkula and Sector 17 to Madhya Marg. On the contrary, SAS Nagar, another twin town of City Beautiful, is connected to it with around 10 link roads.

Traditionally, commuters have been entering Chandigarh through the Housing Board Chowk, the oldest and straightest route to Panchkula.

With thousands making a beeline for Chandigarh throughout the week, the traffic situation is particularly bad on the stretch leading from Sector 7/18 roundabout to the Housing Board Chowk. With the traffic volume being high usually, and the road from Housing Board Chowk to Sector 7/18 roundabout being narrow, traffic jams are a common scene.

To ease the traffic load on the Panchkula-Chandigarh road via the Housing Board Chowk, a new route connecting the Hallomajra Lightpoint and Industrial Area in Panchkula was opened last year. The road is being preferred, but due to high number of vehicles on the stretch, commuters get stuck at the Tribune Chowk.

The residents of Panchkula have been requesting the Chandigarh administration for improving the road connectivity. A delegation led by SK Nayar, president of Indian Citizens Forum (ICF), had met UT adviser in December last to take up the issue.

“A large number of people from Panchkula travel to Chandigarh on daily basis. There is a dire need to improve the connectivity. Construction of cloverleaf type of flyover to allow seamless traffic flow should be considered,” Nayar said.


FEW TAKERS FOR IT PARK ROUTE
The road to Chandigarh from Mansa Devi Complex which goes through Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (RGCTP) largely remains empty throughout the day. Though at peak hours little traffic could be witnessed. Despite little traffic, this route finds few takers as people say it increases the distance by about 4-5 km. There are only few traffic lights on the entire stretch. There is an urgent need to popularise this road.

Besides, there is a link road connecting Sector 17 to Madhya Marg before Kalagram. But it is rarely used as it’s narrow and benefits only residents of Sector 17. The stretch is also in a bad condition and needs repair.

HOPE IN SIGHT?

To improve the connectivity, the Chandigarh administration is planning to build railway under bridges in association with the Railways based on recommendations made in the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 and requests received from their counterparts in Panchkula.

With a view to decongest the Housing Board junction, the UT home secretary last year had also asked for conducting a detailed traffic study.