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Faulty traffic lights a threat to commuters

Faulty traffic lights a threat to commuters

A traffic light pole at Basti Adda Chowk in Jalandhar. Tribune photo



Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, June 4

After the lockdown curbs have been eased, the traffic chaos is back on roads, especially during morning and evening hours. However, with the rush of vehicles, traffic-related issues have also returned.

The defunct traffic signals at several intersections during the last two months of curfew of the city have also aggravated the issue.

Dysfunctional traffic lights at the Nakodar Chowk, Company Bagh Chowk, Ravidass Chowk, Mahiran Gate and Link Road crossing, which are among busiest traffic intersections in the city, are also causing huge inconvenience to commuters, hence leading to mishaps and hindering the traffic flow for the past two weeks. The traffic cops deployed on roads have also been facing a huge difficulty in trying to control the traffic.

The locals in the area complained that the traffic lights had been maintained last year only, but they have again gone dysfunctional. This has increased the chances of accidents. Karamjit Singh, a shopkeeper near Nakodar Chowk, said, “The traffic lights have been lying non-functional right for the past over a month. The blinking of the signals goes off suddenly. The Nakodar Road Welfare Association has already complained about it, but no action has been taken.”

“Owing to defunct traffic lights, some accidents have also been reported. Usually, the over speeding vehicles bump into each other,” added Karamjit. Meanwhile, the traffic police deployed at the Nakodar Chowk said we try to give directions to the commuters, but the traffic lights need to functional in the absence of traffic police.

DCP Naresh Dogra said, “We have complained about the faulty traffic signals to the Municipal Corporation authorities and the lights are likely to be repaired in the next two days. Lights at Pathankot Bypass Chowk have already been replaced.


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