But, why trouble us?
FOR FIVE hours the city could not move. Office-goers could not reach their offices on time. Shopkeepers could not do business. Housewives could not buy green groceries. Patients could not reach hospital.Updated: Jun 14, 2006 00:01 IST
FOR FIVE hours the city could not move. Office-goers could not reach their offices on time. Shopkeepers could not do business. Housewives could not buy green groceries. Patients could not reach hospital.
All this because SP activists flexed their muscles rather than taking up the fuel price hike issue in right earnest.
Everybody asked, “Why making us suffer for the Centre’s fuel price hike decision? Why have we been subjected to double suffering—at the hand of the Centre and now at the hands of SP activists?”
The movement of traffic Aminabad, Alambagh, Charbagh, Gomti Nagar, Narhi, Nishatganj, Mahanagar, Aliganj, Thakurganj, Chowk Hazratganj was disrupted by the activists who demanded the rollback in the fuel price hike.
Traffic in Daliganj, Ashok Marg, Nishatganj crossing , Badshah Nagar, Sikandarbagh went haywire in absence of proper monitoring by the traffic cops. They diverted the traffic to wrong areas causing more confusion among the commuters. The traffic from Sikandarbagh was diverted to inner lanes. This caused the jam in front of Krishi Bhavan, Bridge Corporation, NBRI and Narhi Road.
“Why do they block the traffic? Is this the way to demonstrate? I am stuck here in such a scorching heat for last fifteen minutes,” says Dheeraj, a commuter at Sikandarbagh.
“How can we remove them? They are from ruling party,” said a police constable at Daliganj overbridge. Who was silently watching SP activists jamming the traffic on Daliganj overbridge. Hearing this the public gathered courage and entered into a verbal duel with the activists, in between some motorcycles went across breaking the activists’ cordon and the rest followed suit.
A frustrated SP leader said, “The opposition by public was due to weather. It was very hot today. The people didn’t want to wait for hours. That’s why we decided to break the jam in 10 minutes.”
The SP activists tried to block the traffic movement in front of Guru Nanak market. But the commuters thwarted their attempts by pushing the activists aside.
The latter faced a heavy resistance in the areas like Alambagh, Charbagh, Chowk , where they clashed with the activists of BJP and local trader groups.
The traffic went haywire right from Nishatganj Police Chowki to Sikandarbagh crossing. From Vidhan Bhavan to Narhi crossing, it was a complete jam. The diversion of traffic by the cops confused the commuters more than helping them out of the jam.
The diversions caused a series of jams in front of the Civil Hospital. Even ambulances got stuck with patients pleading with the activists to let them pass.
First Published: Jun 14, 2006 00:01 IST