UT Police to modify lane-driving concept
With the concept of lane driving failing to gain momentum in the city, the Chandigarh Police are coming out with a modified plan which includes the creation of another lane for buses. Once approved, the motorists driving in the middle lane will be permitted to overtake in the lane itself.chandigarh Updated: Apr 16, 2013 14:55 IST
With the concept of lane driving failing to gain momentum in the city, the Chandigarh Police are coming out with a modified plan which includes the creation of another lane for buses. Once approved, the motorists driving in the middle lane will be permitted to overtake in the lane itself.
The concept of lane driving was launched by the Chandigarh Police more than six months ago on selected roads after being pulled up by the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The concept was to be introduced in a phased manner on some of the major roads in the city. To begin with, the road dividing Sector 16 and 17 and Sector 9 and 10 was chosen for the purpose.
The Chandigarh Police, at the time of launching the scheme, made it clear that it would initially generate awareness about the concept before proceeding against erring drivers. However, the police hardly went beyond generating awareness, issued a few challans and the scheme was given a silent burial.
One of the reasons behind its failure was the improper implementation of the scheme by the Chandigarh Traffic Police, as only a few motorists were complying with the directions of the police. According to the directions, the motorists driving in the middle lane could overtake in the right lane only.
But, in the absence of proper implementation, the motorists driving in the middle lane found themselves in a perilous situation with vehicles overtaking them from both sides.
UT superintendent of police (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhary said, “The concept has not been given a go by, but will soon be implemented in its new form.”
He said a meeting of the state roadways committee was held recently in which bus road transit system was suggested. As per bus road transit system, an exclusive lane would be earmarked for buses. Other modification in the plan includes the permission of overtaking motorists in the middle lane only, without going to extreme right lane.
Chaudhary added that the engineering department had already been apprised of the draft plan and it would be installing boards and hoardings, announcing the changes.
The Chandigarh Police had initiated the concept of lane driving on Jan Marg and had planned to extend it to Dakshin Marg, Madhya Marg and other routes.
Under the six-lane driving concept, extreme left lane of the road is reserved for heavy public transport and emergency vehicles, central lane for all other vehicular traffic, whereas the extreme right is used for overtaking purpose within prescribed speed limit.
Under the four-lane driving concept, the police were working out modalities to demarcate 8-feet area with a white line. Heavy vehicles would move on the left side of the white line, whereas the right side of the road was to be dedicated to auto-rickshaws and four-wheelers. No overtaking was allowed in four-lane driving.