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Ganj congestion: Light at the end of the tunnel

About 1,07,481 vehicles pass through the Hazratganj crossing in which about 3,48,291 persons commute in 24 hours. This is about 13.93 per cent of Lucknow?s population .

india Updated: May 14, 2006 01:22 IST

About 1,07,481 vehicles pass through the Hazratganj crossing in which about 3,48,291 persons commute in 24 hours. This is about 13.93 per cent of Lucknow’s population

Maximum traffic movement takes place between 6 pm and 7 pm when about 9,719 vehicles cross the area. It is about 9.04 per cent of total traffic movement at this crossing .

Movement of vehicles from Charbagh to Nishatganj through Hazratganj crossing has been rated the highest. It is about 27,140 vehicles per day .

THESE ARE some of the findings of a survey on ‘Traffic planning of Lucknow’ carried out by three MA Geography final year students of the Lucknow University (LU). The survey reveals that a maximum of 748 trucks cross the Hazratganj intersection between 00:00 and 01:00 hours alone. It is about 34.69 per cent of the total number of vehicles, which is 2156. However, the total number of trucks, crossing the intersection on a day, is about 3198.

In their survey, Kashif Imdad, Archana Chaudhury and Chandra Shekhar Yadav say that the Hazratganj crossing’s prime time is between 6 pm and 7 pm. About 9709 vehicles pass the area during this period. The survey shows that traffic flow is minimum between 4 am and 5 am. Just 782 vehicles pass the area during the period. The survey was carried out in January this year.

On the basis of their survey, the students have made several assumptions that would set alarm bells ringing in the traffic department. Sample this: By 2011, about 1,64,399 vehicles will pass through the Hazratganj crossing and by 2016 the figure will be around 2,34,264 and within the next five years it will be 3,33,821.

The students do not stop just by enunciating problems, but also offer suggestions on how to get around the traffic bottleneck.

As a first step, they advocate shifting of government offices located in and around Hazratganj. This, they feel, will help to ease the traffic flow in the area.
Another suggestion is to make dividers flexible. Placing movable barriers can be a solution for better traffic management, they suggest. The report says that flow of traffic on any road is higher only on one side at a time. By using movable barriers, the width of the road can be manipulated to suit demands of traffic flow.

The students also have one ‘down under’ solution to the crisis. The report proposes construction of tunnels, along with a flyover, on the Nishatganj Charbagh route to reduce traffic pressure. “This will help to arrange one-way traffic flow, thus causing less congestion,” the team members say.

They also advocate removal of giant hoardings from the busy roads as they cause distraction. Increasing the number of traffic police is another suggestion.
To avoid congestion, bus stops need to be relocated at a fair distance from the crossings, they opine. Last but not the least, effective regulation of licensing system will help to check the ever-increasing traffic in Lucknow, the report comments.

First Published: May 14, 2006 01:22 IST