Visakhapatnam: The absence of traffic police at MVP Colony, HB Colony, Seethammadhara, Ushodaya, Lawson’s Bay Colony and a few other areas in Vizag city has been leading to chaos on roads. The posh areas in the city are busy round-the-clock with movement of students and increasing number of malls and stores. The residents in these areas complained that despite their repeated requests to the traffic police, the cops have turned a blind eye on the illegal vehicle parking on the roads which would help in reducing the rush.
Thousands of motorists use the MVP Double Road, road connecting MVP Colony and Venkojipalem, Seethammadhara-Gurudwara Road, HB Colony-Seethamma-dhara Road and also a few other roads in the areas everyday. RTC buses, school buses, auto-rickshaws and goods carriers pass through these roads. However, there is not even a single traffic policeman posted on these stretches to regulate the traffic and to ensure smooth traffic flow.
MVP Colony in Vizag has emerged to be the biggest residential colony in Asia with shopping malls and educational institutions. During peak hours, the road connecting MVP Colony and Venkojipalem, one would find it hard to pass through route what with auto-rickshaws, cars, two-wheelers and also buses almost blocking it. Absence of a traffic police in the busiest colony allows youngsters to go unpunished even if they drive recklessly, point out B. Praveen Kumar, a resident of MVP Colony.
Indisciplined motorists cause troubles to others by parking their vehicles on roads, speeding on the wrong way and also taking U-turns at prohibited area on the Seethammadhara-Gurudwara Road and also Seethammadhara-HB colony stretch. We have requested the police officials to deploy traffic policemen during peak hours to mitigate the chaos on roads but our plea has not been heard, says B. Bhaskar Rao, a resident of Seethammadhara area.
Admitting that they have been receiving complaints on traffic chaos at several areas during peak hours, ACP (Traffic) K. Prabhakar said they have been deploying traffic cops during specific times due to shortage of manpower in the traffic wing. Once, new cops are recruited, we will deploy sufficient number of cops at all the busiest junctions," he added. The locals said traffic cops should be deployed immediately in their areas....