Amritsar admn stops entry of four-wheelers near Golden Temple

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 15:29 IST
Cyclists moving through bollards installed to streamline traffic flow in the area. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Taking a step ahead in its resolve to make a no-traffic zone around the Golden Temple, the district administration on Monday made heavy police deployment in the area to stop the entry of four-wheelers.

Anticipating protests, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) J Elanchezhian led the force that stopped four-wheelers and auto-rickshaws from entering the area since morning.

Although this barrier has been set up on the route that goes straight from Chowk Fawara, the administration has opened an alternative one-way route to the right of the chowk.

Talking to the Hindustan Times, deputy commisioner Varun Roojam said, “As we are committed to make the area a no-traffic zone, we have strictly stopped the entry of fourwheelers. We understand the problem the traders might face. So, as an experiment, we have started a one-way alternative route. If the traders still have any issues, they are welcome to come and talk to us, but we will not allow anyone to take law in their hands.”

There has been a deadlock between the administration and traders having their business establishments in the vicinity of the Golden Temple.

The traders had staged a protest a few days back to dent the plans of the government to set up bollards in the area. But undettered, the administration that is going ahead with the project of beautifying the area around the Golden Temple has decided not to take a U-turn.

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