The sight of ambulances and emergency vehicles stuck in traffic jams could soon be a thing of the past. All emergency vehicles in the city will soon get a smooth passage as all six-lane roads (cumulative) from now onwards will have a dedicated lane for emergency and heavy vehicles. The Chandigarh Traffic Police and the UT Administration have started work on the lane markings on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Administration has already started work and lanes on Jan Marg from Matka Chowk towards High Court have been completed. The extreme left side of this road now has a 24-hour dedicated lane for emergency and heavy vehicles. These lanes will be prohibited for the general traffic.
While the traffic police will focus on educating commuters and likely go easy on violators in the initial days,people who do not give way are likely to be penalised. Initially,the Administration had faced flak for not putting up sign boards regarding lane driving for different vehicles and had instead painted markings on a few important roads of the city including Madhya Marg. The move assumes importance as there have been many instances where emergency services had been delayed due to heavy traffic and lack of a dedicated lane. The current traffic situation can be gauged from the fact that the city designed for 5 lakh people has over 10.54 lakh residents and around 9 lakh vehicles. More than 200 vehicles are being registered here everyday. What will be interesting to see is that how the Traffic Police manages to enforce the lane driving.
Despite signboard being put up before the start of such lanes,commuters are not following them as there is no one to enforce the rules. Delhi had faced similar problems during the Commonwealth Games when the police started reserving one lane for competitors and authorities.
Speaking to Newsline,DSP (Traffic) Vijay Kumar said,Initially the lanes will be made on six-lane roads (three each side). The traffic police will educate commuters regarding the use of these lanes. We have dispatched letters to CTU on this matter. We have also spoken to CTU drivers to follow these lane markings.