HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - Harshraj Singh [email protected]­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

Abid­ing by the “zero tol­er­ance” pol­icy to­wards traf­fic vi­o­la­tions on city roads, the traf­fic wing of the po­lice de­part­ment has of­fered some re­lief to com­muters by clos­ing the un­wanted cuts on roads, which has not only helped in re­duc­ing traf­fic jams but in bring­ing down the ac­ci­dent rate as well.

Tow­ing away four/two wheel­ers from no park­ing zones fol­lowed by clo­sure of un­wanted cuts on roads hav­ing heavy ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic has eased the flow of traf­fic even dur­ing the peak traf­fic hours.

The traf­fic po­lice de­cided to close the gaps be­tween di­viders, which had vir­tu­ally be­come bot­tle­neck junc­tions in the past four months, as they were the main rea­son be­hind traf­fic jams and sev­eral ac­ci­dents.

Around a week ago, res­i­dents of Ma­har­ishi Valmiki Na­gar on the Hum­bran road had raised a hue and cry on the clo­sure of cuts, as they had to take longer routes so as to reach their re­spec­tive des­ti­na­tions, but grad­u­ally pub­lic at large wel­comed the step.

Sarab­jeet Singh, a com­muter and res­i­dent of Pakhowal road, ap­pre­ci­at­ing the step of the traf­fic po­lice said, “Get­ting caught in long traf­fic jams had made me im­mune to the pre­vail­ing chaos at Pakhowal Road, but now that the cuts have been closed, I can say that it will help in traf­fic reg­u­la­tion.”

An­other com­muter and a B Tech stu­dent Te­jin­der Singh said, “It is a good step. Traf­fic con­di­tion in city will def­i­nitely im­prove. I think by clos­ing the cuts, peo­ple are get­ting some re­lief from traf­fic jams, but routes have also be­come longer now.”

In­spec­tor traf­fic Beant Juneja while talk­ing to Hin­dus­tan Times said for giv­ing a smooth ride to com­muters un­wanted cuts on roads are be­ing closed.

He said, “The clos­ing of th­ese cuts has ben­e­fited the flow of traf­fic to a great ex­tent. The num­ber of ac­ci­dents has also come down.”

He in­formed that the un­wanted cuts on the Bus stand road, Mal­har road, Gill road, Pakhowal road, Ra­hon road, near old DMC were closed. He said 21 unau­tho­rised cuts were closed on the Ham­bran road.

He ap­pealed peo­ple to co­op­er­ate with the traf­fic po­lice in this re­gard and added that if any cut was closed er­ro­neously, then that would be opened.

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