Lane driving: Not to be on two-lane roads
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Two-lane roads in the city will not have lane driving. Owing to an "engineering defect", the Chandigarh Traffic Police has decided not to implement lane driving on two-lane roads. Lane driving will be implemented on city roads having a minimum of three lanes like Madhya Marg.
A decision to this effect has been taken by the authorities and will be conveyed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court this week. On August 25, the High Court had asked the Chandigarh Administration to explain as to on which city roads lane driving would be implemented. On August 6, after repeated directions of the High Court, lane driving was introduced on Jan Marg. As many as 524 challans have been issued to those who violated the lane driving rules on Jan Marg.
To take a final decision as to on which all city roads and in how much time lane driving will be implemented, the Chandigarh Traffic Police has ordered a survey. Maneesh Chaudhary, Superintendent of Police, Traffic, maintains "there is an engineering defect in the city as far as implementation of lane driving is concerned". "For effective implementation of lane driving, there should ideally be five lanes. However, most city roads are two lanes. A survey has been ordered for implementation of lane driving," Chaudhary told Chandigarh Newsline.
Chaudhary added that three-lane roads like Madhya Marg would soon have lane driving. Appreciating the implementation of lane driving at Jan Marg, the High Court had asked Punjab and Haryana to introduce the same.
Improvement in condition of cycle tracks on Jan Marg, Madhya Marg or Dakshin Marg were also discussed by the traffic authorities. The basic question is to provide space to slow-moving traffic which is not possible without maintaining cycle tracks, according to an official.
That cutting of trees or widening the roads for implementation of lane driving would not be viable was also discussed by the authorities.
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