Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow -

Though the Hazrat­ganj cross­ing al­ways re­mains busy, the jam here is not due to hap­haz­ard ve­hic­u­lar move­ment but be­cause of fre­quent de­mon­stra­tions that take place at Gandhi Pra­tima near the main cross­ing. Iron­i­cally, the gov­ern­ment has al­ready de­clared the Hazrat­ganj cross­ing and the area op­po­site Vid­han Bhawan as a ‘no demon­stra­tion’ zone. The state gov­ern­ment, in its or­der dated April 17, 2018, had de­clared Kan­shi Ram Jan Su­vidha Parisar and park­ing lot as Lucknow’s new and only of­fi­cial demon­stra­tion point. The dec­la­ra­tion came after the Lucknow bench of Al­la­habad high court took suo motu cog­ni­sance of the protest of BPEd can­di­dates, who blocked the Vid­han Sabha Marg for three hours, caus­ing traf­fic jams and in­con­ve­nience to com­muters and school go­ers. Be­side the protest, a bot­tle­neck of traf­fic is also ap­pears near the Al­la­habad bank build­ing caused by nar­row­ing of road. This also adds to traf­fic con­ges­tion at the cross­ing.

Many im­por­tant cross­ings do not even have work­ing traf­fic lights. This leads to com­muters vi­o­lat­ing traf­fic rules.

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