Lane driving: UT considers changes after complaints

The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating allowing three- and four-wheeler public transport vehicles (taxis) to ply on the extreme left lane on roads where lane driving will be implemented.

Written by RAGHAV OHRI | Chandigarh | Published: October 20, 2012 4:53:22 am

The Chandigarh Administration is contemplating allowing three- and four-wheeler public transport vehicles (taxis) to ply on the extreme left lane on roads where lane driving will be implemented. At present,the extreme left lane is reserved for buses and emergency vehicles.

Also,it is being contemplated that extreme right lane will not be reserved for overtaking,as it is at present. Though overtaking will only be allowed from the extreme right side,the administration is thinking of allowing fast-moving vehicles to ply on the right side. And in the middle lane,it has been proposed to ply two-wheeler and slow-moving four-wheeler vehicles.

The administration has asked the Chandigarh Police to give feedback over the feasibility of the proposal. This has been proposed after the city commuters complained of problems on Jan Marg,the only road in the city where lane driving has been introduced. The problems were brought to the notice of the Chandigarh Administration last week during a meeting following which the proposal to use extreme left lane for three- and four-wheelers was made. It was also noticed that the extreme left lane,reserved for public transport,remains unused owing to less frequency of buses.

This was brought to the notice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court by the Chandigarh Administration during the resumed hearing of a petition demanding contempt proceedings against the administration for not complying with traffic guidelines issued by the High Court. Appearing on behalf of the administration,senior standing counsel Sanjay Kaushal said civic sense amongst commuters would help the police in enforcing traffic guidelines.

However,the court directed the administration to reply as to on how many roads in the city overtaking could be banned. The administration was also directed to give details of the roads,other than Jan Marg,where lane driving would be implemented by the police.

The number of challans issued to those parking unauthorisedely on the road berms was also sought. The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh was asked to submit a list of all such parking lots in the city lying neglected and in dire straits.

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