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ACTING AT WILL: Violation of rules is a common scene at Raghavayya Park junction in Vijayawada.
ACTING AT WILL: Violation of rules is a common scene at Raghavayya Park junction in Vijayawada.

Staff Reporter

Pedestrians, RTC drivers, too, ignore signals at Raghavayya Park

VIJAYAWADA: "Traffic signals are for motorists. How do you expect me to stop suddenly when I am carrying so much of load?" said B. Ramulu, a rickshaw-puller, after violating a traffic signal at Raghavayya Park on Wednesday. D. Babu Rao, a constable on traffic duty at the ever-busy junction at Raghavayya Park, intercepted Ramulu's rickshaw, which was on its way to Krishnalanka from Governorpet with a load of electronic goods.

"Do you know how laborious it is to pedal a cycle rickshaw? Can't the motorists pave way for us by waiting for a while?" argued Ramulu. A couple of rickshaw-pullers followed Ramulu, forcing the vehicles coming from Benz Circle to wait for a while even as the traffic signal showed a green light. It took 10 minutes for Mr. Rao to bring order on the road.

Traffic rules

"Rickshaw-pullers and pedestrians who cross the road here never bother about traffic signals. Since most of the pedestrians are illiterate daily labourers, we cannot convince them to follow road rules," he explained. Interestingly, drivers of many RTC buses too are trying to ape the rickshaw-pullers by ignoring the signal lights. Traffic constables regulate vehicular movement from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Located between the municipal guesthouse and the RTC bus station, Raghavayya Park traffic junction witnesses hectic vehicular movement everyday.

No timer

A bridge behind the statue of former MLA Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga, which connects the Bandar Road to Krishnalanka fire station, is notorious for road accidents.

A small road opposite Raghavayya Park leads to Prajasakti, a Telugu daily's office.

It is very difficult for vehicle-users coming from Benz Circle and Krishnalanka to go to Prajasakti road, as vehicles coming from RTC bus station came to a halt in front of the road following a red signal.

A signal light adjacent to Prajasakti road has no timer, due to which vehicles coming from Krishnalanka direction fail to stop their vehicles near Ranga's statue. "Vehicle-users may be under the impression that the signal will show green light in a few seconds.

As the road from Krishnalanka bridge slopes down at the junction, many riders fail to apply sudden brake," said D. Ramesh, a tea vendor adjacent to Prajasakti Road.

The junction witnesses traffic jam whenever there is a rasta roko or a dharna by political parties in front of the Sub-Collector's office.


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