THE EXPERIMENT of the UT Police to control traffic in certain areas during peak hours has not gone down well with the commuters who complain of facing inconvenience. They say that instead of blocking entry by putting up barricades, the traffic police should find some other solution.
The UT Traffic Police had decided to block the entry at certain intersections in sectors 22, 23 and 17 by placing barricades during the peak hours from September 1. The practice would continue till September 9.
Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline, Reena, a resident of Sector 22, said that they had to travel more distance to reach the market just outside their houses because of barricading.
Samita, a commuter, said that she had to travel around 1.5 km more after the barricades came up on Tuesday morning. “Some cyclists crossed the barricades through the spaces between them which could lead to accidents,” she added.
Mandeep Kumar, an employee of a private hospital, said that prohibiting the entry would not be a solution but the police should make some other arrangements for controlling the traffic. He suggested that police personnel should be deputed at the intersections during the morning and evening hours which would make the task easier.
The traffic police personnel, however, claim the experiment works and they are able to control the traffic flow in a better way now.
“Now the entry through the intersections is restricted which makes the travel easy as the vehicles do not cross each other abruptly,” said a traffic police officer deputed in Sector 22.