Traffic on Garha Road in Jalandhar out of gear for years, courtesy defunct lights : The Tribune India

Traffic on Garha Road in Jalandhar out of gear for years, courtesy defunct lights

Traffic on Garha Road in Jalandhar out of gear for years, courtesy defunct lights

Non-functional traffic lights put motorists and pedestrians at risk on Garha Road, Jalandhar. Sarabjit Singh



Tribune News Service

Deepkamal Kaur

Jalandhar, December 2

Ever since the traffic lights got installed on Garha Road about three years ago, these have been non-functional at three points.

These include the traffic light points near the bus stand, in front of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) and across Chhoti Baradari T-point. Thousands of commuters pass on this road daily and the rush has been increasing owing to the hospital, Reliance shopping mall, coming up of several IELTS institutes along it and also the connectivity that this road offers from bus stand to Urban Estate, Hardyal Nagar, Garha, Jaswant Nagar, Wadala Chowk, Cheema Chowk and other areas.

Entry to PIMS not safe

There are patients coming in, some on foot and others via scooters, cars and even autorickshaws. If the lights are installed, they can enter PIMS safely. Dr Rajeev Arora, Principal, PIMS

Will get the needful done

Some payment from PUDA is still pending. Estimates will be prepared for the repair work after we get the payment. We will get the needful done. Anil Chadha, Assistant Corporation Engineer, MC

Since the condition of the road also remains deplorable, it becomes all the more accident-prone. The road got repaired last year ahead of the elections after about five years, but it has again got potholes. There are patients, too, plying on the road and the ambulances zipping past with PIMS and SGL Charitable Hospital falling on it.

Recently, two doctors from PIMS also met with an accident on the road while they were entering the premises. Dr Rajeev Arora, Principal, PIMS, says, “There is no point installing the traffic lights on the road if these are to remain non-functional. There are patients coming in, some on foot and others via scooters, cars and even autorickshaws. If the lights are installed, they can enter in safely.”

The traffic lights are not just non-functional, they are also out of order. The poles are partly damaged and the accessories are lying broken.

Anil Chadha, Assistant Corporation Engineer, MC, said, “These lights got transferred to us from the PUDA which had developed the area. “Some payment from the PUDA is still pending. Estimates will be prepared for the repair work after we get the payment. Then we will float tenders and get the needful done.” He added, “We are also mulling that blinkers be installed here. For this, a meeting needs to be convened with the traffic police.”

Regarding the non-functional lights outside bus stand, he said, “We have an on-off switch to run it which has gone out of order at least 50 times. The traffic cops at the site said the jam of buses gets too long when the lights are made functional. We need to sort out the issue with the traffic police for this point too.”

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Health Minister Mandaviya launches Bharat Biotech’s nasal Covid vaccine

Mandaviya unveils world’s first intranasal Covid vaccine ‘iNCOVACC’

The nasal vaccine—BBV154 -- had received DCGI approval in No...

President Murmu to lead nation in celebrating 74th R-Day; 6 Agniveers to also take part in parade

India celebrates 74th Republic Day on Kartavya Path; showcases military might, cultural heritage

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the chief guest at...

Chandigarh Administration declares holiday on Jan 28

Chandigarh Administration declares holiday on January 28

Announcement was made by Adviser to the UT Administrator Dha...

As Big Tech is firing employees by thousands, what is driving layoffs and how worried should we be

As Big Tech is firing employees by thousands, what is driving layoffs and how worried should we be

In the last year, more than 70,000 people globally have been...


Cities

View All