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Buses prohibited from stopping near Zirakpur flyover after HC order

A Public Address system to direct the pedestrians and a proper bus stop will also be constructed.

Written by GagandeepSinghDhillon | Zirakpur |
November 22, 2013 2:24:16 am

Following Punjab and Haryana High Court orders directing the Mohali Police to stop buses from taking passengers a few metres from the Zirakpur flyover,police has prohibited stoppage near the flyover.

Following the November 9 order,all inter-state and long-route buses will stop at least 100 m from the flyover,where the passengers wait on a pavement by the side of the road instead of risking their lives by standing in the middle of the road.

“In October alone,I witnessed four accidents where passengers got hurt when a speeding vehicle hit them. The spot is accident prone. It also results in long traffic jams. It’s more sensible now,” said Acche Lal,a vendor who has a shop near the flyover. Some passengers waiting for buses at the designated bus-stop echoed Lal’s sentiment. Amit Kumar,who takes a bus to Jind every fortnight,said he was surprised to find that the bus-stop has changed.

“The new system has not only helped the passengers,but has also eased the traffic congestion near the flyover. However,traffic problem persists. I think,an over-bridge for pedestrians should be build,” said Ajit,another commuter.

Of the 20 traffic personnel in Zirakpur,five to six traffic constables have been deployed in the area to direct passengers towards the new bus-stop. Even buses coming towards Chandigarh have been directed to stop well ahead of the flyover to ensure passengers’ safety.

“As soon as we received the court order,we deployed several constables to tackle the situation,” said inspector Gurwinder Singh.

“Apart from deploying constables,we have sent written communications to the transport corporations of Punjab,Haryana,Chandigarh and Himachal to stop the practice. We will install a Public Address system to direct the pedestrians and also ask the Municipal Corporation to construct a proper bus stop at the spot,” said city SP Swarndeep Singh. Earlier,it was on high court order that long-route buses were prohibited from plying on the road beneath the flyover.

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