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The one-way trial session that was imposed from Indira Bypass point in Gangtok, Sikkim
The one-way trial session that was imposed from Indira Bypass point in Gangtok, Sikkim|EastMojo image
SIKKIM

Gangtok’s mounting traffic jams: No takers for special initiatives

An ambitious trial session of traffic dept to declog Indira Bypass Point-Hospital Dara stretch had to be cut short after it led to massive snarls during morning rush hour

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Gangtok: Everybody wants relief from massive traffic snarls that are now becoming synonymous to Gangtok, the capital of the picturesque Himalayan state of Sikkim. But when it comes to reality, it seems, commuters still have to mend their old ways if they actually want to see a more disciplined traffic movement.

That’s what happened after Sikkim Police came out with a noble initiative to solve the menace. It was indeed a laudable effort on the part of the state police department to make a one-way traffic movement from Indira Bypass point to Hospital Dara on trial basis for two days starting from Monday. However, it failed to get support from the masses.

Initially, it was decided on September 20 that on Monday and Tuesday, from 9 am to 11 am and 4 pm to 6 pm, traffic movement from Indira Bypass point to Hospital Dara passing through DC Office and Paljor Stadium will be one way and that will lead to Deorali and Ganju Lama Dwar.

However, due to massive traffic snarls created during the morning trial session on Monday, the locals had to face hardship while reaching their respective destinations.

Considering the public feedback, the trial run had to be cancelled after the first session on Monday morning itself, Sonam Tenzing Bhutia, DIG Range, Sikkim Police, said.

"We apologise for the inconvenience caused to commuters due to the trial today morning, especially the ones heading for work and hospitals. It was done in public interest and to stop the problem of traffic congestion in Gangtok. Lot of hiccups were there today mostly vehicles were seen overtaking and double laning causing more traffic,” he informed.

He further appealed the drivers to avoid lane jumping as it is one of the main reasons for traffic jams in town. “Lane jumping will lead to heavy fines as it’s an offence according to the smart way rule. Disciplined driving should be observed,” he added.

He further urged the taxi drivers to adopt proper pickup and drop habits in the taxi stops. “We have called off the trial looking at the traffic jam today but in future we will come with better traffic regulations,” said Bhutia.

“It was only a trial to find out the solution of traffic jams in Gangtok,” said sources in the state information and public relations department.