Ludhiana:The various city areas have the narrow lanes and streets, which stand exposed to emergencies always, but increasing number of encroachments and wrongly-parked vehicles in these streets, have worsened situation.
The residents say commercial vehicles stationed in middle of the roads for loading and unloading of articles, thus leading to traffic snarls, is a usual seen in markets with narrow streets. The encroachments in the Chaura bazaar and Field Ganj make the life of passersby difficult. Apart from this, illegal rehris have added to the traffic congestion in the area where road remains crowded with vehicles all time.
In case of fire and other emergencies, city areas with narrow lanes, including Field Ganj, Janta Nagar, and some parts of New Shimlapuri, Dashmesh Nagar, Khud Mohalla, Pindi Street and adjoining markets among others are not made proper to handle the situation. Some fire mishaps had taken place in the past, and fire could not be controlled, as the fire tenders were unable to pass through narrow streets.
Balwinder Singh, a resident of Janta Nagar, said, “The streets here are so narrow that fire brigades cannot enter our street. Bunch of wires hanging here and there pose risk to the lives of residents. Fire department should bring in more two wheelers to provide services in case of emergencies in narrow areas.”
Jagjit Singh, a resident of Field Ganj, said, “Six months ago, my mother was unwell, and in order to take her to the hospital I had to take my own car instead of using ambulance because ambulance can’t enter our street as it is so narrow. The authorities should find out some solution to it.” “Moreover, a sweetmeat maker has encroached upon the area at beginning of Kucha 8 street. His belongings cover half of the lane, and I have warned him many times, but to no avail,” added Jagjit.