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Indore: Ae bhai zara dekh ke chalo, right hi nahin, left bhi

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Indore: Among other violations that have been bugging the city traffic, blocking the lane for left turn and unsolicited turn by vehicles play a major role, many times ending up in chaos and unwanted fights between the commuters.  The driving culture in the city is such that most of the vehicles at traffic signal are found to be occupying the left lane, obstructing free left turn even when they do not intend to take a left. Such insensitivity causes unnecessary blocking of left way traffic, leading to traffic jam despite having a proper system in place. However, traffic police seem to have no care for the violation, addressing which would ease a lot of traffic woes on city roads.

Left turn is mostly kept free to spare the leftward traffic from waiting behind the vehicles heading straight or right at the red light and thus, ease the burden of traffic flow. However, the traffic scenario in the city is completely different form the ideal one. Leftward traffic waiting unnecessarily behind the errant vehicles and honking madly for a passage at traffic signals are a common scene on city roads. The menace is prominent in almost all the high traffic zones, including Geeta Bhavan, Nandlalpura Square and Patnipura Square.  Though cops are deployed in these areas on paper, they are hardly seen manning the traffic or taking action against the violators. The reluctance further encourages the vehicle drivers to take traffic laws for granted.

While not a single citizen is spared from braving this wayward traffic on city roads, traffic police on the other hand claim that they have earmarked some worst-hit squares and requested the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to construct left turns at the strategic places.  However, for hassled citizens, the claim is nothing but a hollow excuse to run away from shouldering the responsibility and an attempt to avoid work by playing blame game.


An irked commuter, property dealer Akshay Kumar Vyas said that commuters have to always suffer on the stretch leading to Geeta Bhavan Temple from Palasia, as they have to wait behind number of vehicles blocking their way towards left. People in city lack traffic sense and they are too insensitive to leave space for the leftward traffic, he rued.

Another victim travels agency manager Akshay Batham said that this problem exists very much at LIG Square as there is no left turn constructed separately on the route for commuters travelling from Vijay Nagar towards Khajrana Ring Road area. “Traffic intending to take left turn have to wait a long time for the signal to open, as their lane is blocked by drivers either heading straight or turning right. People must be made aware of the traffic rules and police should take necessary action against the violators to stop the menace.”

Another aggrieved resident of Sanvid Nagar, Ankur Mehta said that despite having separate left turns at Hukumchand Ghantaghar and Regal Square, people block these turns causing inconvenience to fellow commuters, leading to chaos and fight at times.

WHAT THEY SAY

If traffic police show the same seriousness in taking action against violations like blocking the free left turn by vehicles as it follow in the case of riding without helmet, the problem will be solved for good
– Sumit Jain, Businessman

Though traffic cops are deployed on LIG Square, they are rarely seen taking any action against violators. Many drivers stand occupying the left lane unnecessarily even in front of cops but they are left scot free
– Mayur Gurjar, Student

Driving a four-wheeler is always troublesome as most of the times city roads are found entirely blocked by errant vehicles. Jawahar Marg area witnesses heavy traffic round the clock and suffering of commuters thus sees no end, be it in the evening hours or during day time
– Manish Devnani
Member of NCPCL Language Department

The problem of errant vehicles blocking free left turn exists in many places across the city, especially at Bengali Square. Commuters travelling towards Ring Road Pipliyahana route from Canadia Road suffer only because of the drivers blocking the free left turn
– Shivani Upadhyay, MBA Student

Police are often seen taking action against riders without helmet but hardly attempting to check the menace of vehicles occupying left lane. The police should rather start focusing on such violators as it will solve major traffic problems to a larger extent and finally improve the traffic scenario of the city
– Mahima Alawa, BA LLB student