Disregard for traffic rules leads to chaos on roads
Winding rivers of red tail lights, winding away into the night,
All stuck in a jam and having regret, no land speed records being set…
These lines describe the predicament of a common man on the road, caught in traffic jams, which have become, more of a routine for the citizens of our beautiful city, irrespective of the place they live in.
If we talk of the busiest traffic route of Lucknow, it would be no other than the stretch from Hussainganj Crossing to Sikandarbagh Crossing. Spread over an area of roughly 4 km, the stretch has some of the most important offices having huge footfall daily.
These establishments include the Passport Service Kendra at Ratan Square, the All-India Radio, the Police Service and Recruitment Board, Bapu Bhawan on Vidhan Sabha road, the Vidhan Bhawan, the Lok Bhawan, the BJP office, the Veerangana Jhalkaribai Hospital, Jawahar Bhawan and Indira Bhawan, Shakti Bhawan on Ashok Marg etc. These offices account for a large number of vehicles on this route.
Disregard for traffic rules leads to chaos on roads making road travel difficult. The disregard is not merely on part of government, but also on our part as many a times, we do, in order to meet timelines, violate traffic rules.
The sight of people parking their vehicles on the road to get groceries is not uncommon. In addition, despite there being a ‘free left turn’ at the GPO crossing, every time we can witness vehicles, which are to move straight, are parked on the left leaving almost no room for traffic to move freely on the left.
Vehicles parked at the gates of government buildings despite the ‘no parking’ signboards being displayed spell out our own apathy, as somewhere in our mind, we justify our neglect by citing that when a government vehicle is parked illegally, we have all rights to park our vehicle as well.
Metro work going on in the city over the last two years and demonstrations on this road by political and social groups has added to the woes of commuters. The most troubled are those who have to meet a timeline, the worst affected are school-going kids, office-goers and patients struggling to reach medical aid in time.
A lot of money is spent by governments on sprucing up the city, but scant attention is paid towards traffic rules awareness and advancing of traffic regulating machinery. We continue to stick to our archaic traffic management system, which fails to curb traffic menace arising out of innumerable four wheelers and signal-less intersections.
Many important crossings do not even have working traffic lights and a fulltime traffic cop, leading to violation of traffic signals. Illegal parking further deteriorates the condition of traffic on roads of Lucknow.
Encroachments on roads by squatters, vendors, taxis and buses, construction of illegal complexes sans any parking space, and apathy of cops in ensuring that encroachments once removed do not crop up again are the other issues
Time has now come for the powers that be to be stringent in application of laws like the Metros where wrongdoers are penalised on the spot.