The carpeting of roads in the city at peak traffic hours without prior intimation is leading to traffic chaos and causing harassment to people.
From the month of February till the onset of monsoons is the peak time for carpeting. Thereafter,it will be stopped till the rains end. During these months,work is undertaken on several stretches of roads in different sectors. However,with there being no co-ordination between the engineering wing and the traffic police,it is the people who are at the receiving end.
Work for recarpeting was undertaken at the Sector 18-21 dividing road on Monday. One side of the road was closed for traffic. With the road being one of the busy stretches,it led to a traffic jam. People were forced to find alternative routes to commute. Two-wheeler drivers used the cycle tracks to avoid the jam. This is not an isolated instance as the problem is frequently faced by commuters.
Chairman of Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) P C Sanghi says there is a need for the authorities to give prior information about the carpeting work. There is no intimation about the work to be undertaken or if some stretch of road is to be closed. Without any notice,barricades are put up and people have to take alternative routes. This causes harassment to the commuters, he adds.
Another demand of the residents is that the possibility of carpeting of roads at night be explored. This would ensure that the traffic is not disturbed at the peak time. Chandigarh has a large number of vehicles and the number is steadily rising. Any disruption of traffic during office hours at one stretch causes a jam on several stretches. While carpeting of some roads like the Madhya Marg has been undertaken at night,the proposal,though discussed time and again for other roads,has never been implemented.
Officials claim that contractors are reluctant to undertake work at night due to unwillingness of the labourers to work at odd hours. Also,there would be a need for staff for supervision of the work. The issue has been debated time and again at several meetings,but no solution has been found.
Satish Sharma,general secretary,Chandigarh Social Welfare Council,says there needs to be a fixed schedule for carpeting and the residents need to be informed in advance. The commuters are facing problems with there being no information about which roads are going to be carpeted at what time. Another problem that is faced is that at several places,the work is left incomplete. In some sectors,roads have been widened,but carpeting has not been done. There has to be some system in place.
Proposal for carpeting roads at night has been discussed
Councillor Mukesh Bassi,who is a member of the Roads Committee of Municipal Corporation,says that even the area councillors are not informed about the schedule for carpeting or any other work. The situation is so pitiable that it is after work has started on ground and people complain about the problems being faced that we get to know that work has been initiated. There are complaints about the quality of material. The proposal for carpeting roads at night has been discussed,but this is not being agreed to. Also,work is left incomplete in one ward and machinery shifted to another ward as it suits the officials, he adds.
MC Chief Engineer S S Bida says,We regret the inconvenience caused to the commuters. In future,prior information about the stretches on which carpeting is to be done would be provided.