City residents continued to be under the clutches of heavy traffic jams,parking problems and chaos at most light points on Saturday,in the run up for the Diwali celebrations. A day after many dividing roads and roundabouts witnessed lack of co-ordination from traffic police,security was beefed up on Saturday with two-three nakas set up in the main market areas along with police patrolling on foot and motorbikes.
Despite the claimed tight security in the markets and the roads,haphazard parking of vehicles resulted in piling up of traffic. There were no measures to streamline traffic for single lane driving. Police officers at Sector 17 and Sector 19 police stations told Newsline that around 60 and 10 people were deployed in Sector 22 and 19 markets respectively.
Police said,With the increasing traffic every year,parking problem is becoming an issue with the passing of every single day but the Municipal Corporation is not paying any heed. The system should be such that the markets should be considered as no-vehicle zones during festivals.
Massive traffic chaos was noticed in the markets of Sector 22,Sector 19,Sector 15 and Grain Market 26,throughout the day. The most affected areas were Sector 22,Sector 19 and Sector 20 market area,Aroma light points,Sector 15,Sector 17 roundabout and Sector 18,where people faced a lot of parking problems. Vehicles were parked from the starting of the Tagore Theatre till the Church in Sector 18 which led to traffic chaos.
According to a police officer,five people were deployed at Grain Market Sector 26. With customers having parked their vehicles on the roads,the five deployed police personnel were not of much help it seemed as they failed to avoid traffic congestion at both the entrances of the market. Jams were witnessed from Sector 26 roundabout till Transport chowk.
However,the unauthorised sale of crackers was also kept under vigil throughout the day in the city markets as the teams headed by SDM (East) and SDM (South)
continued checking of unauthorised stalls of crackers in their respective areas,in pursuance of orders of Mohammad Shayin,District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner,UT.
More than 101 kg of crackers were seized by Kashish Mittal,SDM (South) from the vendors selling crackers without licence in Dadumajra,Maloya,Sector 56,Palsora,Sector 44,Burail and Kajheri. While,Dansih Ashraf,SDM (East) also seized material from five such unauthorised shops in Sector 26,Mauli Jagran,Manimajra,Bapu Dham Colony and also destroyed approximately 40kg crackers. The raids are likely to continue on Sunday.