The short distance between two railway ‘phatak’ on the Bura Gujjar road and the Jalalabad road here has become a source of harassment to the residents and they have always been complaining about it to the authorities concerned to no relief so far.
Residents complain that when a goods train is stationed at Muktsar for shunting, the crossing at Bura Gujjar road remains closed for one to two hours.
“The distance between the railway crossing number C-29 on the Bura Gujjar road and a railway crossing number B-30 on the Jalalabad road is only about 700 meters.”
“The distance between rail track crossing (kanta or track changing point) P-9 from Bura Gujjar road crossing is about 568 meters while the length of the rack is about 640 meters. So when a goods train is stationed at the railway track crossing number P-9 for shunting, at least six bogies of the train come in between the railway crossing at Bura Gujjar road leading to the closure of the railway crossing,” claimed Sham Lal Goyal, district president of the national consumer awareness group, Muktsar.
“During the shunting of goods trains at the Muktsar station, the crossing at Bura Gujjar road remains closed for 1 to 2 hours and it often affects school children of five schools, consumers of a gas agency, and many commuters on the Bura Gujjar road, that connects the villages and areas up to village sadak of Faridkot.
"It is a big harassment, particularly for school children, who have to reach school in time, and their parents," said Jimmy Brar, another resident of Muktsar.
“Though goods trains are not too frequent during daytime, yet these affect the normal life in the city quite often whenever a good train has to be stationed there for shunting and unleading and loading. The shunting of trains takes from one to two hours and the crossing remains closed for all the time,” said Sudarshan Kumar Sidana, another officebearer of the group.The commuters are then forced to take an alternative route of Jalalabad bypsss covering about 3 to 4 kms more or have to wait for long.
Naresh Kumar Goyal, divisional railway manager, Ferozepur, said that he was not aware of the problem. When told the matter was brought to his notice by the national consumer awareness group earlier also, he said that he did not remember it.