Road projects in Ludhiana take toll on traffic movement

Day-to-day commuting within the city is nothing less than a nightmare with traffic intersections Ferozepur Road, the main artery of the city, remaining choked not just in peak hours but throughout the day.

punjab Updated: Aug 07, 2018 12:50 IST
Mohit Khanna
Mohit Khanna
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana,Chandigarh,Panipat-Jalandhar Expressway
Commuters remain stranded on the road for hours during peak hours of traffic. (HT Photo)

The roads of the financial capital of the state, Ludhiana are literally crumbling under the load of the ongoing construction activities as the projects have left all entry and exit routes choked. The worst affected is the stretch from Agar Nagar Chowk to Circuit House where the Ferozepur road-Samrala Chowk elevated road is coming up.

Day-to-day commuting within the city is nothing less than a nightmare with traffic intersections Ferozepur Road, the main artery of the city, remaining choked not just in peak hours but throughout the day. The problem is even graver for those travelling out of the city.

Ferozepur road to Samrala Chowk elevated road project

As the project for an elevated road from Ferozepur Road to Samrala Chowk is moving forward, it is further affecting the city’s traffic movement and is likely to have a cascading effect on the business community.

As such the road in front of PAU is a major bottleneck where commuters remain stranded for at least 20 to 30 minutes on an average during peak hours.

This situation is all set to turn from bad to worse as the construction work reaches Aarti Chowk, Bhai Wala Chowk and Bharat Nagar Chowk.

Due to the construction of the elevated road, commuters take inner roads to avoid the traffic.

As a result, traffic on the intersections on the Malhar road as well as the residential roads of Gurdev Nagar remain clogged.

“There is no respite whichever route we take. Even the residential roads that run parallel to the Ferozepur road have begun to choke,” said Jaspreet, who drives a bike.

Moreover, no contingency plan has been formulated by either the municipal corporation, the administration or even the traffic police to provide alternate routes when the elevated road project will reach Bharat Nagar Chowk.

This construction is part of a 13-km elevated road project on National Highway-95. When former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal had announced the project, the city residents and experts had even argued why was the public money being wasted on something that was not required at all.

Sukhkaran Sing Gill, a city-based businessman, said, “It is totally unnecessary, a wastage of resources. Instead of the elevated road, better public transport and stricter implementation of traffic rules will go a long way in solving the problems.”

Sherpur Chowk

The Panipat-Jalandhar Expressway project that had begun in September 2009 and was scheduled to be completed in November 2011 has jumped several deadlines. Sherpur Chowk has become the biggest bottleneck during the rush hours. The construction of the bridge that was built to connect the express way is hanging fire.

Thousands of commuters could be seen stranded each day at the slip road located near SPS Hospital. The situation further deteriorates during the peak hours especially from 9 am to 12 noon and 6 pm to 9 pm. From buses, auto rickshaws, cars and industrial vehicles all remain struck.

“Think about us who have to clear traffic each day. We do not know how much dust we are consuming in a day while on duty. Sadly, no timeline has been issued by the construction company about the completion of project,” rued the traffic cops.

The slip road is in bad shape and full of potholes which are damaging the vehicle but no remedial measures have been taken to resolve the probe.

Chandigarh- Ludhiana Express Way

The construction of the project has literally disconnected the residents of Chandigarh Road with Ludhiana city. Jamalpur Chowk and Veer Palace Chowk have become the new choking points of the city. Commuters rue that the Chandigarh road has become for commuters. As the monsoon season is at its peak, the waterlogging on roads makes life difficult for commuters. Bus drivers who daily commute from Chandigarh to Ludhiana rue that not it takes three hours to reach Ludhiana from Chandigarh via this road. A lot many private buses take the National Highway route from Sirhind.

Unviable elevated road on Jagraon bridge

Due to the closure of one side of the 127-year-old Jagraon Bridge for four wheelers, the elevated road has practically become unviable for those coming from Jalandhar side. In the absence of any effective alternative route, commuters are forced to travel through the Old Sabzi Mandi and Chaura Bazar area which causes massive traffic jam, especially during the evening.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 12:50 IST