BHOPAL: Buses including low-floor ones and those of educational institutions, especially after school and colleges are over in the afternoon, hardly find space to negotiate the traffic in old parts of the city.
The area around Raju Tea Stall near Hamidia Hospital is chock-a-block with buses, cars, bikes and vehicles of all other descriptions in that part of the day.
The stretch is one-way but people also enter it from the wrong side. This further contributes to jam-like conditions, which is daily scene on this road right from Sadar Manzil to Peer Gate. And it is not a problem that has cropped up overnight. For the last two-three years, it has been the routine on this road.
Now many offices have been shifted from Sadar Manzil (BMC headquarters) to other places otherwise, situation would have been worst. But still it is problematic to pass in front of Raju Tea stall.
We observe it daily. It is highly deplorable that public transport and private cars remain stranded. During this period the emission from the vehicles become a real health hazard. In the afternoon, we cannot pass through this road due to heavy rush of vehicles. Even pedestrians cannot cross the road.”- Vijay Goel, 35, businessman
Despite knowing that the road is one-way, people enter the stretch from the opposite side also. The Authorities concerned should take stern action to ensure one-way traffic on this route.”- Manish Tomar, 30, owner of a travel agency
Roadside parking is a big headache for commuters as low-floor buses also pass through this route. There is a huge rush of vehicles. Traffic police and BMC should take a joint initiative to solve this problem.”- Dinesh Rathore, 35, businessman