Blame Game NHAI blames overpopulation,local administration slams it for not paying enough attention to road under flyover
Commuters on a stretch of road beneath the flyover at Zirakpur faced a harrowing time with traffic snarls becoming a routine. At times the commuters have to wait for a long periods just to cross a lightpoint and vehicles parked along the sides of the road add to the chaos.
For travelling merely half-a-kilometer from my house,I have to wait for more than forty-five minutes at the traffic lights. Thanks to the long queues of heavy traffic and narrow roads where illegal parking on road is not checked, said Payal Jain,a home-maker.
Residents also complain about the lackadaisical attitude of traffic cops that are deployed at the lightpoint. There seems to be no check for traffic offenders,which is reason for the rising number of accidents in the area, said Bharat Jain,a daily commuter. The worst affected stretch is between Patiala and Kalka chowk where footpaths are blocked with shopkeepers displaying their products, he added.
Though the flyover,constructed in 2009,did solve a lot of traffic problems for people commuting from Chandigarh to Delhi, the local administration claims that NHAI did not pay any attention to the road under the flyover.
SSP Mohali,Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said,It is sheer wastage of land and engineering lapse that is causing the chaos. There is an urgent need for space creation on roads. On being asked as to why there has been no check for vehicles that are parked illegally on the roads,Bhullar added that because of the road being narrow and a lot of traffic on the road,tow-away machines further caused jams and inconvenience to the commuters. However we are working on challans to punish the traffic offenders.
Another reason for the long traffic jams is that Chandigarh- Ambala flyover does not stretch all the way to Panchkula. So any commuter from Zirakpur travelling down to Panchkula cannot take the flyover.
Project Director NHAI Anil Dahiya said,The project is designed according to 2001 requirements. The peripheral areas have shown a sharp increase in population and number of vehicles. It is result of management lapse from local administration and not the construction flaw. Not stretching it to panchkula was again keeping in mind budget considerations.