Commuters unhappy over ‘invisible’ lanes

Computers in the city are an unhappy lot as they are being fined for cutting ‘invisible’ lanes. They say that though the lanes markings are invisible,the traffic police levy fines from them.

Written by Tarun Nangia | Pune | Published:March 14, 2009 4:39 am

Computers in the city are an unhappy lot as they are being fined for cutting ‘invisible’ lanes. They say that though the lanes markings are invisible,the traffic police levy fines from them.

At Indira Gandhi chowk on East Street,while the traffic police were making people pay up for cutting lanes,Trimbak Ghutugade,whose friend’s vehicle was fined,asked,“Where are the lanes? There are no markings that differentiate them. Nobody bothered to paint them but we are being fined. It’s purely the police’s guesswork. They expect us to observe lane discipline only at the main chowk,where they stand. Throughout the roads,there are no markings,” he said.

When asked how commuters react when told to pay lane-cutting fines,a traffic constable said,“People are surprised. Many ask where the lane markings are,and on what basis we are asking them to pay fines. If the lanes are painted at the earliest,we will be able to implement the law better.”

“However,Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses cut lanes brazenly and nothing can be done about it… the bus stops if the bus stop is situated on the right side and they have to take a left turn in the next chowk. They have to cut all lanes and go to the left or vice versa,” he said.

When this reporter visited Indira Gandhi chowk on East Street in Camp,Shahir Raman chowk near Maldhakka,Sanchetti chowk,Fergusson College Road and Khandoji baba chowk,it was found that most of the roads leading to the chowk had barely visible or non-existent lanes.

According to a police constable,“Currently,we are going slow about implementing the rule. Without proper lane markings,it would be difficult for us to fine commuters. It is expected that someone who wants to take a turn to the right should be on the right side of the road on the chowk,someone who has to go straight in the middle and those who wants to take a left on the left side. How can we even convince the average two-wheeler commuter that he has cut a lane without it being painted?”

When asked why there are no lane markings on many parts of Fergusson College Road,Nandkumar Jagtap,deputy city engineer,JNNURM cell,Pune Municipal Corporation,said,“As there are plans to make Fergusson College Road one-way,we are currently not painting lane markings or zebra crossings. A decision in this regard is expected next week. Resurfacing of the road is also to be done,” he said.

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