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Twin trouble: Parking problem leads to traffic chaos in Moga

Surinder Maan , Hindustan Times  Moga, December 28, 2013
First Published: 19:22 IST(28/12/2013) | Last Updated: 19:24 IST(28/12/2013)

Despite the administration's tall claims over providing best facilities to local residents for parking of vehicles and for traffic control system across the city, a large number of citizens have been facing the problem of lack of parking space and traffic chaos for the past 10 years in Moga.

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Traffic jams, road rage and accidents have become the order of the day in the absence of well-carpeted roads, sufficient traffic police personnel and operational traffic lights on major intersections.

Encroachments are rampant at main bazaar, Akalsar road, Railway road, Chamber road, Amritsar road and Moga-Ferozepur national highway. After encroaching upon the roads, people have also started parking their vehicles on these. People who come to the district administration complex also park their vehicles on the roads illegally.

The authorities, too, find it difficult to regulate rush of vehicles with limited resources. 
Although many people are challaned by the transport department officials everyday for using mobile phones while driving, smoking, driving without seat belt, over-speeding and for illegal parking, these problems are continuing so far.

A traffic policeman on the condition of anonymity said the department did not have sufficient staff to manage traffic and parking issue in the city.

Amarjit Singh Babri, district chairman of the Moga Eye Care Awareness Campaign, says, "About a few years ago, it used to be a good place where families could walk around without fear. Now, we are scared even to enter it. Big vehicles parked here block the visibility of traffic coming from the other side of the road."

"Due to regular and prolonged power cuts, even traffic lights stop working during the peak hours. Such complaints do not bother the authorities anymore," he added.

"It takes at least 25 minutes to cover the half-a-km stretch from main chowk to civil hospital. If the administration plans a new parking lot at the old grain market, near the underbridge, for local residents the traffic problem will be solved easily in the city," said Kulwinder Singh Chakkian, district senior vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal.

Moga additional deputy commissioner Ajmer Singh said, "The administration has provided six places for parking in the city, including those at the district administration complex and local courts. People should obey rules when it comes to parking vehicles. I will ask the municipal corporation authorities to arrange more suitable places for parking of vehicles."

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