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Traffic jam leaves parents high and dry in Okhla

Usually Bullu reaches home in Okhla by 2:30 pm from school in Noida. But today when he didn’t reach home by that time his parents got worried. After calling the school driver in Noida it was found that the bus was stuck in a traffic jam at Kalindi Kunj.

Other parents too were upset. It was at about 3:30 when the children of this particular school of Noida reached their houses. The parents heaved a sigh of relief.

However, there are many residents who spend hours in jam in the locality every day that of late has become overcrowded with mushrooming workshop, illegal parking and haphazard driving by many local residents.

A resident on the condition of anonymity said day by day the traffic situation in the locality is deteriorating and we are to blame for the chaotic situation.

“Most of the roads have been narrowed illegally. The AFE to Shaheen Bagh road has been gobbled up by local businessmen as workshops have mushroomed. If you go to AFE-Kalindi Kunj road on Yamuna side then the situation is no better. The situation in Batla House, Zakir Nagar and other places too are no better. In many places eateries have illegally occupied roads,” said the resident.

Ironically, one wide road in Shaheen Bagh has been narrowed by building a park that now has been turned into garbage dumping ground. It is to be noted that several residents had even peacefully protested over the construction of this park with little impact. Besides, residents said there is urgent need of traffic lights at certain points in the locality to end traffic gridlock that these days have rather become a normal thing as at time local police is forced to clear jam.

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