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Cramped and cluttered

Cramped and cluttered
On Tuesday, after a spell of rain, the city witnessed serious water-logging and long traffic snarls in most parts of the national capital. As usual, the commuters were stuck for hours and had a harrowing time reaching their destinations. Due to water-logging in many areas in Delhi and NCR, vehicles moved at a snail’s pace. Major bottlenecks were reported near Modi Mill flyover, Nehru Place, Mathura Road, ITO, Vikas Marg, Ring-Road, AIIMS, South-Extension, Ashram, NH-24, DND, MG Road in Gurgaon.

Non-functional traffic signals and absence of traffic cops created long hours of jams in Okhla.
‘Due to the metro construction at Okhla, a traffic diversion has been provided for the past few months that witnessed major bottleneck. For the ongoing construction, a traffic signal was especially installed but most of the time it remains non-functional.

‘Every time, the red-light signal is non-functional, there are no traffic policemen coming to the commuters’ rescue,’ said Rajeev, a commuter said.

It has been observed that senior traffic personnel are hardly active on the field. Also, other countries and few states in India have the facility where the top brass can keep a tab on the traffic movement with the help of CCTV cameras. But Delhi traffic police have failed to update themselves with the existing technology.

Apart from the Facebook page of Delhi Traffic Police, the commuters rarely get any information about the slow traffic movements in the city or any such problems. ‘Traffic is heavy in the carriageway running from Sarita Vihar towards Jasola. Inconvenience regretted,’ the officials are used to updating just this.

Earlier, FM channels used to give updates on the traffic but nowadays it has been observed that this facility too has collapsed.

‘Vehicle breakdowns is another reason behind the jams,’ a traffic policemen said. ‘Apart from water-logging, non-functional red-lights and unavailability of traffic cops near red lights intensifies traffic movements,’ another commuter said.
Chayanika Nigam

Chayanika Nigam

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