Gadkari coming up with a solution to end traffic woes at Tribune Chowk

A day after (MP) Kirron Kher shot off a communique to union minister of road transport and highway Nitin Gadkari urging him to consider coming up with a flyover or a combination of flyover and underpass at Tribune Chowk as a solution to traffic congestion, the minister on Sunday gave a go ahead to the proposal. The minister is on his two-day tour to Himachal Pradesh. Gadkari said, “The MP had urged me to come up with a technical solution for the increasing traffic chaos at Tribune Chowk. Keeping in view the demand, we have in principle agreed to the proposal and the UT administration has been informed about it. We will appoint a consultant to study the problem and suggest a solution as to what is required to come up with an underpass or a flyover.” He added that traffic is a big issue in the metro cities and recently a scientific study was conducted in Delhi to understand the flow of traffic and identify the spots where there are regular bottle necks. “A software is also being prepared to work on t he identification of black spots where accidents take place every now and then. The same project will be implemented in Chandigarh for identifying black spots and traffic jam prone areas in the city,” he said. The development of getting approval to come up with a solution for traffic issue at Tribune Chowk on national highway 5 is significant as the roundabout witnesses traffic jams lasting for over an hour almost every day. The MP had pointed out in her letter that on one side of this junction is Chandigarh, on the other end SAS Nagar and in the third direction Panchkula. Also, along the NH-5, there are smaller townships like Zirakpur and Derabassi. The MP has also highlighted that UT administration, in the recent past, through professional consultants, has prepared a couple of alternatives so as to avoid traffic congestion at the junction. Most of these alternatives call for flyover and underpass.

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