LUDHIANA: In the coming few months, five main Ludhiana arteries will be choked with construction work for four projects due to begin. This will give a tough time to commuters leaving them struggling for alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion. The work on Chandigarh Road has already begun and other projects include the elevated road from Samrala Chowk to Ferozepur Road MC limits, Chandigarh Ludhiana 6/4 lane highway, four laning of Ladhowal bypass and Jagraon Bridge.
The first three projects are being funded by the centre and union minister Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stones in September 2016. Whereas the announcement of these projects has left residents in a tight spot, the authorities claimed that they will make other arrangements for commuters.
Meanwhile Punjab traffic advisor Navdeep Asija said that it is not viable to start so many projects in one go in Ludhiana and in case officials are keen, they must set the surroundings first. He said the elevated road project was not required now and authorities should have paid attention to completion of the Jagraon Bridge.
However deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal said that some of the projects are going to start in few months but the public will get alternate route arrangements. And moreover, works will not begin simultaneously, so there will be no major issue, he added.
Even city residents are worried anticipating the traffic jams. Harmanjot Singh a resident of Model Town said while it is praiseworthy that projects are lined up for Ludhiana, but before starting them, authorities should at least check whether these projects are required or not. He said there is hardly any requirement of an elevated road on Ferozepur Road as it will leave very little space for the internal traffic of city to move. Echoing the same Shivali Verma, a resident of civil lines said that projects should be taken up one by one.
Elevated Road from Samrala Chowk to Ferozepur Road MC limits