TO IMPROVE connectivity with Panchkula and address the issue of traffic congestion, two underpasses have been proposed at Transport Light Point in Sector 26 and Hallomajra.
One underpass has been proposed on Madhya Marg between the Transport Light Point and road towards Panchkula, the straightest route to Panchkula, while another underpass has been proposed on the road connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula via Hallomajra.
For finding a solution to the ever-increasing traffic congestion on both the points, the Chandigarh engineering department had asked the Central Road Research Institute (CSIR), Delhi, to prepare a proposal for improving flow of traffic on both the intersections.
With a high number of commuters travelling to Chandigarh from Panchkula and nearby areas throughout the week, traffic snarls on the stretch leading from Railway Light Point to Madhya Marg and Hallomajra to Tribune Roundabout are a common scene.
As per a survey, there is a high through passenger and freight traffic across the city and Madhya Marg is envisaged to be the worst affected road as it provides the shortest and the direct connection between Chandigarh and different towns of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab such as Baddi, Panchkula, Panchkula extension, Pinjore, Kalka, Chandimandir and further to the town of Parwanoo, Shimla.
The issue of traffic congestion on Madhya Marg has also been highlighted in the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, UT executive engineer C B Ojha said that the work would start after taking mandatory approvals from the higher authorities. “Our aim is to decongest both the intersections which have a high flow of traffic,” said Ojha.
UT chief architect Kapil Setia said that a recommendation for underpasses on these two locations along with few other had been made in Chandigarh Master Plan 2031.
After conducting a traffic study, the Chandigarh traffic police had proposed an underpass on Madhya Marg between the roundabout near Grain Market in Sector 26 up to Dhillon light point near Fun Republic.
Manjot Singh, an IT professional, who travels from Panchkula to Sector 34 daily, said: “There is a need to find solutions for decongesting the routes connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula. Commuting to Chandigarh for work during office hours has become very difficult.”
There are a total of four roads connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula whereas Mohali, another twin town of City Beautiful, is connected to it with around 10 link roads.