Caught in snarls, motorists see red in traffic cops’ green trial

Under the initiative, aimed at easing congestion, motorists get only one green light while manoeuvring rotary in city

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 22

The decision of the UT traffic police to provide a single green light while manoeuvring the Kisan Bhawan (Sector 22/23/35/36) roundabout on a trial basis to ensure smooth flow of traffic led to traffic snarls, defeating its purpose.

A Traffic jam at the Sector 22/23/35/36 light point in Chandigarh on Monday. NITIN MITTAL

In order to ease traffic congestion caused by vehicles stopping in the middle of the road at the red signal on the rotary, the police today provided a green signal to the traffic. However, this led to traffic snarls on the roads leading to the Kisan Bhawan chowk, including the roads separating Sector 22 and 23, and Sector 22 and 35.

‘Existing system more efficient’

The system halts the traffic moving on the other three roads, which leads to more inconvenience. I feel the existing system is more efficient. —Amrit Singh, a motorist

Serpentine queues of vehicles were witnessed, especially during the morning and evening hours. Amrit Singh, who was heading towards Sector 36 from Sector 35 on Dakshin Marg, got stuck in a queue for at least seven minutes in the evening. “The system halts the traffic moving on the other three roads, which leads to more inconvenience. I feel the already existing system is more efficient,” he said.

The helpline of the traffic police also received several calls from commuters, who complained about long traffic jams on the roads leading to the chowk. Police officials said the trial would continue tomorrow.

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