Bhopal: Traffic jam has become routine scene at all prominent routes and squares in the state capital including Jyoti Talkies, Board Office Square, Shahpura (Manisha Market), Hamidia Road, Kanji Camp(DIG Bungalow), MP Nagar, Habibganj, Bittan Market, Chuna Bhatti, Parakar Colony(MANIT), Nehru Nagar and New Market.
Especially in the evening hours, long queues at the traffic signal hassle commuters. Not just this even side lanes which have been designed for smooth traffic for sideliners remained blocked for most parts of the day. MANIT professor Siddharth Rokade said, “The main reason for traffic jams is that the administration has failed to turn public transport into a preferred mode of public choice for commutation.”
“For now it is only preferred by people who do not have any other choice but to use public transport. It has led to an increase in cars and other personal vehicles as per the convenient,” he added. “Futher, encroachments which plague the entire stretch of the lanes on road including parking, auto-rickshaw, kiosks and roadside vendors add to the congestion and problems of commuters,” he said.
Rokade said, “I have submitted traffic plan in my capacity as a consultant to BRTS which recommends grade separators at Board Office Square, flyover at Hamidia Road and redesigning of traffic signals to stream line the traffic management.” Grade separators, flyovers are in the traffic plan but it is still in pipe line. However, Railway over bride at Habibganj and fly over have been constructed at GAD Square.
Besides, Chetak Bridge widening is being carried on at war footing. And a rail-over-bridge (RoB) is under construction at Subhash Nagar Railway crossing. Chetak Bridge is being widened on both the side as nearly ten thousand vehicles pass through it in evening. Cable suspension bridge is under construction at Ginnori’s Lower Bridge.
Another RoB at Singarcholi railway crossing is under construction. The MP Road Development Corporation is widening and strengthening the 105.6 km long stretch of Bhopal-Biaora Road (National Highway-12) in BOT mode and this project envisages construction of 7.5 km long service roads in Bhopal city. A flyover will be constructed on Bhopal Bypass crossing and in addition to it; ROB is being constructed at Singarcholi railway crossing.
Urgent need to streamline the traffic, says Mayor
Mayor Alok Sharma said, “I will launch a campaign on the state of traffic in the city within a week. Issues related to the right and left turns will be rectified in coordination with the traffic police. We will also remove encroachments. We have realized that there is an urgent need to streamline the traffic in the state capital. I hope people of the state capital will cooperate with BMC in the same way like they did on the issue of sanitation.”