Motorists left stranded for hours as two busy roads turn choc-a-bloc

The lack of coordination between the UT Administration and Chandigarh Traffic Police ensured a harrowing time for hundreds of motorists in the city on Monday.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 3, 2009 3:43 am

The lack of coordination between the UT Administration and Chandigarh Traffic Police ensured a harrowing time for hundreds of motorists in the city on Monday. For nearly two hours,two of the busiest roads — Madhya Marg (Sector 9-17) and Jan Marg (Sector 22-23) — were choked with vehicles as the Engineering wing of the administration started recarpeting the road,allegedly without a proper announcement.

While no signboard indicating an alternative route was installed,there were also no traffic policemen to manage the chaos.

Arun Nehra,a businessman who remained stuck for nearly 30 minutes on the Jan Marg stretch,said,“It appears that nobody is bothered about the city. With no signboards or diversion signs,it was absolute chaos on the roads.”

For Harman Johal,an NRI from the United States,the experience was anything but pleasing. “It is frustrating to see that the police and the Administration are not bothered about the discomfort caused to motorists. If the same had happened abroad,the concerned officials would have been sued.”

Another resident Amit Khanna shared his not-so-memorable experience. “There should be diversion signs at least one kilometre from the spot where repair work is being carried out. Announcements should be made on radio,newspapers or local news channels. Where goes the police’s motto of ‘We Care for You’ in such situations?” said the infuriated employee of a multi-national company.

While chaos prevailed through the day,the situation worsened after office hours when traffic swelled with those returning home.

The recarpeting work will reportedly take another couple of days to be completed.

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