Traffic chaos on Madhya Marg, commuters’ woes to continue


COMMUTERS ENTERING Chandigarh from Panchkula through Housing Board Light Point will face inconvenience for the next couple of days. The situation was chaotic between the Housing Board Light Point and Transport Light Point, Sector 26, on Tuesday as many emergency vehicles, VVIP convalcades were found stuck in the jam.

“As one bridge at Shastri Nagar over the Sukhna choe and another in phase-1, Industrial Area, over Sukhna choe got damaged and blocked for commuters, motorists have no option other than Madhya Marg. It is resulting in traffic chaos on Madhya Marg. A number of commuters preferred to enter Chandigarh from the side of Mani Majra but as the bridge at Shastri Nager got damaged, they opted for Madhya Marg. Similarly, commuters tending to go to phase-1, Industrial Area, used to take left turns from Railway Light Point but as the bridge along with an underpass was blocked, these commuters too are going straight up to Transport Light Point, Sector 26, increasing the traffic pressure on Madhya Marg. The situation will persist for a couple of days. People should start from their houses accordingly,” said DSP (traffic) Jaswinder Singh. The traffic flow is being managed manually at Housing Board Light Point, Kala Gram Light Point and Railway Light Point and Transport Light Point.

The overflooded underpass at Vikas Nagar, which is linked to Baltana and Chandigarh, also increased the woes. The motorists through this underpass reached Baltana and Chandigarh straight and vice versa but now they all take Panchkula-Mauli Jagran road, which is also linked to Madhya Marg, increasing the traffic volume on Madhya Marg.

Chief Engineer (UT) C B Ojha said, “I along with my team inspected Shastri Nagar bridge and Kishangarh bridge today. Shastri Nagar bridge was not damaged. Only the bridge’s railing was washed away. It will be opened shortly. Indeed, a portion of the Kishangarh bridge was damaged. It is being repaired. The phase-1 underpass and bridge in the Industrial Area was severely damaged. This underpass is under the control of the Municipal Corporation.”

Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra, along with officials concerned, visited the underpass on Tuesday. An MC officer said, “The repairing work of the bridge in phase-1 has started. It will take some days to completely repair it. The road stretch will be blocked till the completion of repairing work.”

However, a team of the UT fire department has started draining the water from the underpass Vikas Nagar on Tuesday afternoon. It will be cleared within the next 36 hours.


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