Ludhiana:A day before the festival of Raksha Bandhan, the city residents have to face tough time due to heavy traffic jam at different places in city as the shopkeepers mainly sweet shop owners have encroached upon the roads.
The encroachments and wrong parking outside the shops led to heavy traffic jam and the cops, officials of civic body turned blind eye into this.
Interestingly, the cops were present at the Chowks and areas where traffic jams were witnessed but no action has been taken to make the traffic smooth.
On Wednesday, massive traffic jam were witnessed at Mint Ghumri Chowk, Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Rani Jhansi Road, Dandi Swami Chowk and other parts of the city.
At Mint Ghumri Chowk, a leading sweet shop owner has installed stalls on road and also the wrong parking of vehicles outside the shop led to heavy traffic jam. From 1 pm till late evening long queues of vehicles from Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Chowk to Aditya Jaitly Chowk were witnessed.
In Ghumar Mandi and Rani Jhansi road also, the sweet shop and other shopkeepers have encroached upon the part of road which led to heavy traffic jam. Moreover, the heavy rainfall also led to massive traffic jams in different parts of the city.
“The traffic jam in Model Town area mainly Mint Ghumri Chowk is a routine affair but due to festival season the residents have to face more tough time in traffic jams. The large numbers of people were harassed daily due to traffic jam but no action has been taken so far. The inaction of the police and the civic body against sweet shop and owner of other establishments raises many questions. The traffic cops were present at chowk during the traffic jam but did not dare to touch the wrongly parked vehicles.”
Maninderpal Singh Guliani
“The officials of Traffic Police were requested several times for the traffic management at Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Chowk and in Model Town area but in vain. In the absence of traffic cops, commuters have to face tough time. If the cops were present they must take action against wrongly parked vehicles outside the showrooms and encroachments. If the Traffic Police failed to do the needful the residents of Model Town will stage protest outside traffic office in next few days.”
Sahibjot Singh Chawla
“Earlier, the cut at mint Ghumri Chowk was closed but now the cops again opened the cut despite witnessing the problem of traffic jam. The traffic lights installed at the chowks were also remained non-functional and traffic jam in Model Town and other parts of the city have become routine affair. There is no proper management and plan to traffic police to sort out the problem of traffic jams.”
“The police personnel were deputed in the field to manage the traffic but due to water logging and encroachments by shopkeepers led to traffic problem in some areas. The traffic cops are doing their best to manage traffic but the people should also cooperate with the police at the time of parking of the vehicles and also during driving. Moreover, Municipal Corporation is supposed to remove the encroachments. We have asked the MCL officials to do the needful.”
Buland Singh, ACP (Traffic)
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