Police blame lack of awareness among public
The newly inaugurated Road Over Bridge (RoB) at Lakdikapul eased traffic on the ever-chocked old bridge, but the new traffic scheme put pressure on the surrounding junctions.
Ever since Saturday morning, the stretch between the Ranga Reddy District Collectorate and Ravindra Bharati junction remained chock-a-block with traffic.
Policemen stationed at the junction said that the lack of awareness among the public was the main reason was behind the problem. “As they are not aware of the new arrangements, motorists stop to enquire about the route, resulting in traffic hiccups,” Narayanguda Traffic Inspector T. Sudhakar said.
He added that banners and signposts would be put in place to spread awareness, so that motorists would take the new bridge to go towards Masab Tank and the old bridge to proceed to Khairatabad.
However, some motorists maintained that taking a ‘U’ turn at Ravindra Bharati junction to get on to the new RoB was the major reason for the sluggish traffic flow.
“Vehicles slow down to take ‘U’ turn at Ravindra Bharati junction bringing traffic to a halt. Also, heavy traffic from both Iqbal Minar and Nampally complicates the situation,” a motorist complained.
Police officers too were a worried lot. “We are looking for ways to solve this problem. More space will be created by reducing divider length at this junction,” a senior officer said.
Confusion prevailed at Ayodhya junction too, as motorists coming from Red Hills and proceeding towards Khairatabad found their way blocked by dividers, and they were directed to take ‘U’ turn before PTI Building. “Why should we travel the extra distance?” motorists asked. Five traffic inspectors and more than 25 policemen have been pressed into action since Saturday morning.