Indore: Siyaganj: Vehicles always at loggerheads, commoner plays traffic cop

Indore: Vehicles must come into each other’s way disrupting traffic flow on the busiest road at Siyaganj wholesale grocery market, thanks to irresponsible parking of vehicles on the entire stretch and of course, the miserable reluctance of traffic department.

The area being home to a large number of shops, already witnesses heavy traffic throughout the day, but continuous movement of unruly loading vehicles adds more to the chaos, especially in the evening. However, with thousands of footfalls at the market every day, which actually caters to locals as well as traders from outside the city, and visitors parking their vehicles literally anywhere and everywhere in absence of a proper parking lot, the father of all problems in the area, is evidently parking.

Thanks to haphazard parking of vehicles, traffic jams are common occurrences on the road. The extent of the sorry state of traffic affairs is such that despite the visitors bringing heavy business, traders and shop owners are not at all happy with the situation.

Perhaps, no more a surprise to many, traffic cop can never be seen in this one of the busiest areas of the city. The absence of action against traffic violators, especially the errant loading vehicle drivers, who more often even park their vehicles on the road, further encourages the visitors to park their vehicles at will. The situation has become so worse that bereft of any other option, an employee of a local shop mans traffic at the busy square to get rid of chaos.

There are numerous banks in the market attracting a large number of people in the area every day, but none of them have any parking space. Helpless visitors are thus forced to park their vehicles on the road blocking traffic. The multilevel parking at Premsukh Talkies is too far for the traders to be of any use.

A regular visitor to the market place, trader Kamal Mittal said that handcarts and loading rickshaws parked haphazardly on the main road further reduces space on the road, already narrowed down by the haphazardly parked vehicles on either side of the road.

Another trader Ravi Sitlani said that parking is such a problem that people try to park their vehicles even in front of shops obstructing business and this often leads to argument and brawl. Vehicles parked on either side of the road actually cause traffic to crawl, he rued.
Education counsellor JayeshThakur, who visits the place more often, said that traffic situation worsens, especially during evening hours with vehicles almost banging on each other. The road leading towards Jawahar Marg from Siyaganj is already quite narrow and further, loading vehicles occupying most parts of the road make the stretch a nightmare for commuters as well as local residents, he added.

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