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Area below flyovers encroached upon

punjab Updated: Sep 02, 2013 00:27 IST
Mehakdeep Grewal

The area below three flyovers in the city -- above bus stand and the railway crossings number 21 and 23 -- are clogged with vendors, vehicles and stray animals, leaving hardly any place for pedestrians to walk.

Haphazardly parked vehicles act as obstructions to traffic flow. These areas turn into high-honking zones, especially during the evening.

Though district authorities have time and again made tall claims that the encroachments will be removed, yet nothing has been done over the years.
Authorities had even claimed to have plans to set to a rehri market for vendors, yet there has been no concrete proposal as yet.

When contacted, Patiala mayor Amarinder Bajaj preferred to evade responsibility and passed the buck on the Public Works Department.

"These flyovers do not fall under the jurisdiction of the civic body. As far as the rehri market proposal is concerned that purely depends upon the government. If they provide us the required funds, we will do the needful."

Harpreet Singh, a resident of 21 number railway crossing, said, "The district administration has been negligent to the issue; today roads underneath the flyovers have become congested. Miscreants continue to taken haven under these flyovers."