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A city without zebra lines: Roads in CM’s town Patiala have no pedestrian crossings

Public works department (PWD) officials said that the renovation of roads, including filling of potholes, painting of railings and zebra crossing lines and repair of traffic lights will be taken up under the renovation project approved by the chief minister (CM), for which the CM has approved a grant of Rs 30 crore. However, the officials are not sure when the work to repair and renovate roads will start.

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2017 19:31 IST
Ravneet Singh
Ravneet Singh
Hindustan Times, Patiala
Patiala,Capt Amarinder Singh,traffic safety
Remnants of zebra lines near the bus stand in Patiala on Tuesday, July 25. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

There are no zebra crossing lines at most traffic light points and roundabouts in the city. These lines marked earlier at light points and chowks near the city bus stand, Devi Kaushalya hospital, Sheranwala Chowk, Fountain Chowk, Leela Bhawan light point, Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, Thapar University, Sirhind road and MM Modi College have faded and are no more visible.

Public works department (PWD) officials said that the renovation of roads, including filling of potholes, painting of railings and zebra crossing lines and repair of traffic lights will be taken up under the renovation project approved by the chief minister (CM), for which the CM has approved a grant of Rs 30 crore. However, the officials are not sure when the work to repair and renovate roads will start.

The zebra crossings are meant to help people on foot to cross roads smoothly. But, because of the faded zebra crossing lines, the people face difficulties in crossing roads, uncertain of where vehicles will come to a halt.

Preetam, who works at a shop near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib, said, “Long route buses travel on the road here throughout the day. But, due to lack of zebra crossing lines here, people find it difficult to cross the road.”

Niranjan, who works at an eatery near the Fountain Chowk, said as there are no zebra crossing lines on the road people on foot face problems to cross the road, especially at the traffic rush hour.

Naveen Mittal, PWD executive engineer, said the department will start the renovation work whenever funds for the project are received. “The project has been approved by the chief minister and we can get the funds any day,” he said. He added, "The renovation of roads, including filling of potholes, painting of railings and zebra crossing lines, repair of traffic lights, etc will be taken up under the project.”

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 19:27 IST