Despite HC order,zebra crossings missing from city

For pedestrians in this city,navigating roads while on a walk is turning out to be bit of an adventure.

Written by SUCHET ATTRI | Chandigarh | Published: October 10, 2011 3:06:44 am

Chandigarh Traffic Police say informed Administration,UT says ‘on the job’

For pedestrians in this city,navigating roads while on a walk is turning out to be bit of an adventure. With zebra crossings either missing or faded,even the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s directive to apply a fresh coat of paint seems to have gone unnoticed by Chandigarh Administration and the traffic police.

It has been more almost a week since the high court again directed to maintain zebra crossings and both the traffic police and Chandigarh Administration are still to get on with it,perhaps waiting for the four-week deadline to approach.

The Chandigarh Traffic Police claims it has apprised the Administration about the problem,while the Administration officials say they are “on the job”.

The zebra crossings are visible only on the main roads of the city but they seem to be missing on many other important roads as they have faded. A senior official of the traffic police department claims that their personnel have been instructed to keep a tab on such things so that authorities can be informed about their upkeep.

Incidentally,the Chandigarh Traffic Police has been issuing a large number of challans for zebra crossing violations. In the absence of these lines,drivers in a rush to speed off stop where the zebra crossings are supposed to exist.

“We are aware of the issue of missing lanes and zebra crossing at many places and we regularly inform the authorities regarding them. We had written to the Chandigarh Administration in September to get them repainted as it causes inconvenience to the pedestrians,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said.

“The maintenance work is a regular exercise,which the administration undertakes from time to time. We are constantly getting those zebra crossing and indications painted,which have wearied down over time,” said Chandigarh Administration Chief Engineer S K Jaitley.

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