GUWAHATI, Oct 11 – Expressing concern over the rampant violation of traffic rules and regulations in the city, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has questioned why the authorities concerned has been maintaining a silence over the chaos along the stretch near the Chandmari flyover U-turn and in front of the Maharishi School at Silpukhuri.
Prof Dutta also said that the spurt in illegal auto-rickshaw stands along the area made matters worse for the commuters.
Prof Dutta said in a statement that vehicular traffic along the stretch at U-turn becomes unmanageable primarily due to the existence of a busy car dealer and occupation of roadsides by auto-rickshaws. “This is a serious situation. Lots of prospective car-buyers park their vehicles along the stretch in violation of parking norms, and auto-rickshaw drivers also park their vehicles in large numbers in violation of norms. Similarly, traffic comes to a standstill along the stretch in front of the Maharishi school as guardians come and park their vehicles in double rows,” he said.
Prof Dutta said that the inertia of the government authorities including the police, Transport Department and the district administration on the matter was inexplicable – something that strongly indicated towards an unholy nexus with the law violators and the supposed law enforcers.
Prof Dutta also lambasted the political parties and other organisations for maintaining silence.
“Such chaos is prevalent in many other parts of the city as well. And the situation is worsening because the authorities responsible for streamlining traffic in accordance with laid-down norms are looking the other way for reasons best known to them. The common man has every reason to believe that such chaos has been perpetuated due to an unholy nexus of the authorities with the law-breakers,” he added.