Dwarka: When it comes transport facilities, cycle rickshaws and battery rickshaws are one of the most prominent modes of transport in Dwarka. But they have also become a major cause of nuisance in the sub-city.
It is often seen that rickshaw pullers wait for passengers outside the entrance of major markets causing traffic jams on roads. The situation exacerbates on the weekends as visitors face a lot of difficulties in accessing markets in the sub-city.
Be it the market of Sector 6/10 or the markets around Aashirvad Chowk, all have been a victim of chaos created by rickshaws.
A resident of Sector 4, Gaurav Singh said, “Rickshaws are parked at the entrance of the market and the approach road to the societies near markets. They create so much chaos that you cannot even walk freely on the road. Parking of vehicles on the road and these rickshaws make the whole stretch in front of the markets like Sector 4 and Sector 12 full of chaos.”
In front of Sector 6 Central Market, the situation becomes more serious. From the signal of Sector 6/10 till the end of Sector 6 market, cycle rickshaws take wrong side to follow the road and avoid the signals.
A resident of Sector 6, Rashmi Tiwari said, “Without rickshaws, the it is impossible for common people to commute in the sub-city. But there must be some regulation and proper stands for them. In front of the market areas, rickshaw pullers often park on the main road after the rows of vehicles and they also rush for passengers. They always follow the wrong lane and wrong side. They should be provided a proper stand near the market areas like 6/10 and at Aashirvad Chowk.”
Shop owners at Sector 6 MLU market shared that they had guards to look after rickshaws near the market premises and also with the help of traffic police they tried to stop them from parking on road. But they expressed that to what extent they can stop them as rickshaws are the only option for residents for short distance in Dwarka.
On the subject, traffic officials are also not comfortable to talk or do anything. One of the officials said on the condition of anonymity, “We always remove chaos from the market areas, especially in the evening. We also ask the rickshaw pullers not to follow the wrong lane. We also make the people aware who take rickshaws that they should follow the traffic rules and should not follow the wrong lane.”
“There is no provision of any challan for the rickshaws but commuters who often take rickshaws can play a great role in educating the rickshaw pullers not to take the wrong lane and not to park in the middle of the road or at the main entrance of the markets. We appeal to the market people and the nearby RWAs to help in solving the problems created by rickshaws,” he said.