UT Admn conducts surveys at busy stretches for better traffic management

With the aim of preparing a plan for traffic management on busy roads, the UT Administration is getting a survey conducted of the number of vehicles plying on these roads. Once the survey is completed, the Administration would be able to ascertain whether the stretches required widening or if there is a need to bring about changes in the timings of traffic lights installed. The UT Administration has hired a consultant for the purpose.

The survey is being conducted on two main stretches of which one is the stretch from the transport lightpoint to the housing board lightpoint. Another stretch extends from the Sector 29-31 roundabout towards the Airport.

Tents have been pitched at several locations on both stretches with surveyors counting the number of vehicles plying on these roads. Apart from the numbers, the kind of vehicles crossing would also be noted down. This will give information of the number of four-wheelers, two-wheelers or non-motorised vehicles that cross the stretches. UT Chief Engineer S K Chadha said, "The survey is being conducted so that data collected can be used to prepare plans for traffic management. We will get to know if the width of roads is conducive for the current flow of traffic or needs to be increased. We can also know if the timings of the lights are fine or need to be altered. Such surveys are conducted at regular intervals when the need arises."

The stretch of road from the Madhya Marg towards Panchkula is among the busiest stretches. While there are several roads connecting Chandigarh and Mohali, the options are limited when it comes to Panchkula.

Once the road under bridge at Mauli Jagran is completed, it would serve as an alternate route. At present, traffic flow is heavy from the transport lightpoint to the housing board lightpoint. Also, the stretch of road from the Sector 29-31 lighpoint to the Airport witnesses jams.

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