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.