Underground pipeline work causes traffic jam session in city

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
10 Oct 2017

Execution of an under-ground pipeline work jammed the Lamba Line-School Line arterial road for around two hours on Tuesday morning forcing hundreds of commuters to endure hardships and throwing the schedule of office-goers haywire. According to reports, construction workers along with excavators descended in front of the main entrance of INS Utkrosh at Lamba Line early morning but as the work stretched, a gridlock ensued. Motorists lined-up bumper to bumper in the jam from around 8.30 am from Minnie Bay Junction to Dairyfarm initially apprehended some road mishap for the traffic chaos, but later criticized the government agencies for carrying out construction work during peak office hours.
According to reports, construction workers cordoned off the area as excavators carried out earth digging work near the INS Utkrosh gate leaving a narrow space for vehicles to pass. The situation began to deteriorate around 8.30 am when office-goers and school buses hit the road. Vehicles were lined up around a kilometre from Minnie Bay Junction to Dairyfarm testing the patience of commuters which began to wear thin. The traffic police were, later, deployed in the region to ease the chaos and resume smooth movement of vehicular traffic in the stretch.
"It is ridiculous and irresponsible act on the part of the construction agency as such major works should be done during the night hours for causing minimum inconveniences to commuters. Moreover, the authorities should be alerted about the construction work on arterial roads in advance so that people take alternate routes to avoid inconvenience. Apart from local commuters, long route buses, heavy vehicles and two-wheeler riders too faced problems in the chaos today. I have even seen some trying to call the Police Control Room demanding answers for the heavy traffic jam,” said a motorists speaking to EOI during the mess.