GUWAHATI, May 12 - A concrete divider, constructed by the authorities concerned with an aim to streamline traffic on the busy GS Road, has become a hurdle for common people as it has drastically reduced the space for pedestrians trying to cross the road.
The divider starts from the point of Ganeshguri flyover at Walford and ends above the bridge over the Bharalu rivulet at Bhangagarh. Along this stretch of road of about 2 km, there are only a few crossing points available for the pedestrians to cross the busy GS Road. Moreover, in most cases, the crossing point is so narrow that it exposes the pedestrians to a genuine risk of accidents.
It was found that from the Wallford side, the first crossing point is available near the Hanuram Boro Path and then near the Wallford bus stop. From Wallford to Christianbasti, altogether four such crossing points are available for pedestrians, but among them only two have enough space allowing a couple of persons to cross the road at the same time. However, during the visit, all those points were found to be closed by barricades.
From Christianbasti to the police point located near Hotel Gateway Grandeur, only one crossing point is available for public. From this intersection, only one such point exists near the Post Office bus stop, after which no such point is available up to the Lachit Nagar Tiniali. From this spot, no such point is available up to the end of the concrete divider.
From Ulubari to Paltan Bazar, the department concerned is yet to construct a divider in the middle of the road, which experiences heavy traffic congestion every day. Leave alone a footbridge, there is not even a zebra crossing for the common people on this stretch of the road.