More and more resdiential areas in the city are turning commercial and the authorities concerned are turning a blind eye to the violations.
Rani Ka Bagh tops the list as it is home to tuition centres, beauty parlours, schools and institutes imparting training in IELTS and English speaking. There are also many boutiques, paying guest houses, clinics and opening of a petrol pump on the State Bank road recently has added to the woes of the residents.
The residents struggling to come to terms with residing in a 'commercial' area. Students enrolled with the tuition centers and other institutes here park their vehicles haphazardly, creating problems for the residents.
"A playpen store is about to open in my neighbourhood soon and I am sure it will add to our woes as we already face parking problems. We are already coping with the noise and congestion due to presence of institutes in the area," said Munish Duggal, a Bhandari Estate residence of Rani Ka Bagh.
Gopal Singh, a senior citizen, recalled how Rani Ka Bagh was once a perfect residential area, which today looked more like a commercial area. "Where should elderly people like me go? And where should patients go if they are troubled by the noise?" asks Singh.
Municipal commissioner DPS Kharbhanda, said, "Punjab government has declared nine roads as commercial areas in Amritsar and Rani Ka Bagh does not fall in this category. It is a pity that some residents are using their residences for commercial purposes despite the fact that this area does not fall in the commercial category".
He further added, "We will certainly try our best to discourage commercialization in residential areas by issuing them notices". He also agreed that this scenario poses great disturbance for the residents and any tourists coming to this area.
Other than Rani Ka Bagh, there are many other residential areas that are sailing in the same boat. "A residential area should be peaceful, away from the hustle bustle of the markets. commercial activities in residential areas should be discouraged at all costs," said BM Singh, a city-based writer and social worker.
Advocate Sarabjeet Singh Sandhu opined that the process of commercialisation in residential areas is an illegal activity and authorities must take an action against them.