Former deputy speaker of Punjab Bir Devinder Singh has alleged that both the district administration and the municipal corporation have completely ignored the safety of the pedestrians by leaving no space for their convenience and usage on roadsides.
He also threatened that if the administration and the civic body failed to remove encroachments, he will file a public interest litigation (PIL) suit against the authorities concerned.
Bir Devinder said it was a matter of serious concern that almost all the footpaths in the city have either been removed while widening the road network or mindlessly encroached upon, causing enormous difficulties and a sense of insecurity, especially for women pedestrians.
"The situation has filed to attract the attention of the administration or the mayor and the commissioner of the municipal corporation so far," he said.
He said the situation of the Mall Road from Government Rajindra Medical College and Hospital to the Railway Station is the worst.
He wondered how such matters escape the notice of the government officials, who are otherwise duty-bound to take cognisance of such matters.
The administration owes an explanation to the public that under which norms of the public safety or road safety they ventured to remove the footpaths, he said.
"I would be constrained to prefer a public interest litigation before the Punjab and Haryana high court for adjudication, pleading all the above officials concerned as parties," he said.