By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, August 7: It's disobedience to set rules that srls traffic out in Guwahati, not other way around! Instances to this effect in the city are many.
Everybody knows that flyovers are automatically no-parking zones. In order to make this clearer for vehicle drivers and others, there are signboards over flyovers reasserting that they are no-parking zones.
Take the case of the flyover at Rajiv Gandhi Chowk at Jalukbari in the city. Signboards reading ‘no-parking zone’ ‘by order’ ‘DCP(W)’at many spots over the flyover are seen. There are traffic police personnel on duty as well. However, under their very noses, tempos and long-distance buses are seen to have been parked over the flyover at two separate spots, that too, near the signboards.
This practice leads to traffic srls right over the flyover, as often as not. It seems that the signboards placed there are not to be followed. They are there just for the sake of rules, and the traffic police personnel on duty there do comply with the saying – rules are meant to be broken. However, the worst sufferers in the practice are the commuters who have to go to schools, colleges, offices, hospitals and other destitions.
The situation at the very spot is such that commuters bound for Hajo, Bongaigaon, Tezpur etc., have no stops to abroad buses. If they are to board buses at the Beltola-end of the flyover they have to go on foot around a km. This will also make the mouth of the flyover on tiol Highway 37 crowded. If they are to board the buses at the Saraighat-end of the flyover, they will make the mouth of the New Saraighat Bridge crowded. This cannot the done at any cost. This is a case for which the traffic magers should rack their brains up.
Parking of tempos and buses from the Adabari side are also seen parked at the U-turn of the flyover. The vehicles that ply from the Adabari side have to take a U-turn near Bhupen Hazarika Samadhi Khetra and park there. Besides creating traffic srl, this practice has its impact on the Samadhi of the cultural icon of the State.
The situation is more or less the same in other flyovers in the city. City buses being parked on the mouths of the flyovers at Ulubari, Ganeshguri and Six Mile leading to huge traffic srls are very common. The service road of the flyover at Six Mile, as often as not, teems with vehicles of all hues from nose to tail as the mouth of the flyover at its Ganeshguri-end remains blocked by Paltan Bazar-bound city buses, coming from Khapara. The bus stop near the mouth of the flyover should have been located at a place that does not impede vehicular traffic on the service roads. Similar cases are seen in service roads of the other two flyovers.