Madness around Metro

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 23-06-2022 | 06:00 am

Madness around Metro

The Metro Rail is yet to commence operations in the city. However, traffic problems galore at places where the metro pillars have come up. In fact, chaos reigns on the roads through which the metro rail starts in western Ahmedabad. It is apparent that the metro rail and the traffic police are pulling in opposite directions and traffic management takes the biggest hit.Thaltej CrossroadsThe Thaltej crossroads on the SG Highway, from where the Metro Rail begins, is a picture of pandemonium and mismanagement. The divider built beneath the pillar right in the middle of the road forces the traffic coming from Titanium Square to head straight into traffic coming from the service road besides the crematorium. Drivers from the service road that want to go onto the Drive-In Road or on the service road besides Titanium Square cause chaos as they jostle with traffic from the opposite direction. To add to the chaos, the traffic from Titanium Square service also merges with the SG Highway at the point. The traffic cops simply remain mute spectators to the chaos.GurukulThe pillars in the middle of the road in front of Gurukul Swaminarayan Temple on the Drive In Road display a no parking sign but vehicle owners ignore it blatantly. There is no fear of vehicles being locked as the traffic police fail to take action against the violation.Commerce Six RoadsAt the Commerce Six Roads Metro Rail Station, construction work on the metro rail station has led to traffic from both sides running on single side. Parking of cars and bikes can be seen beneath the pillar right in the middle of the road at the place where the traffic separates. Thought traffic cops are just 50 metres away on the CG Road, they refuse to take action against the slow movement of traffic due to illegal parking beneath the metro rail pillars.Drive-In RoadThe intersection just before the Drive In Road along the Metro route is another bottleneck. A single track of the road opposite the ICICI Bank has become two-way with cars and bikes coming from the road besides Shivalik-3 heading the wrong way towards Reliance Mart. It creates a huge hurdle for traffic flowing from Himalaya Mall to SG Highway. Presence of a permanent traffic cop can stop the nuisance. However, the traffic police have allowed this problem to linger.Family Court​​​​​​​At the Metro Rail passing close to the Family Court, one side of the road is being used as parking whereas a narrow strip is being used by traffic from both sides.

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