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Chaos prevails as parking regulations at Atam Nagar go for a toss

The “lackadaisical” attitude of the government agencies towards the traffic problem in Atam Nagar has added to chaos as there is no provision of parking at Sanjh Kendra, functional under the Punjab police.

punjab Updated: Jan 08, 2015 15:32 IST
Sukhpreet Singh

The “lackadaisical” attitude of the government agencies towards the traffic problem in Atam Nagar has added to chaos as there is no provision of parking at Sanjh Kendra, functional under the Punjab police.


Situated at a corner of Atam Nagar, with flyover on one side and Dugri Dhandra Road on the other, the Sanjh Kendra categorically looks after the complaints pertaining to women issues and missing articles of the residents living in Model Town, Dugri and Shimlapuri areas. Thus, it has a footfall of a large number of visitors. With no provision of parking, the complainants haphazardly park their vehicles around the Sanjh Kendra that results in jams on the adjacent roads.

Interestingly, even the police officials, working at the Sanjh Kendra, park their vehicles in restricted zone that clearly indicates no parking area. The road on both the sides of Sanjh Kendra has shops of motor mechanics, spare parts and accessories. The shop owners have encroached upon more than 50 per cent of the road, thereby making it difficult for the commuters to drive.

Right from fitting of seat covers of the cars, including SUVs and XUVs that cover 10 feet of the road, to installation of music systems everything is done on the road.

The drivers of the auto-rickshaws and private buses further contribute to the traffic snarls as they take the liberty to stop their vehicles anywhere they feel like or as per the demand made by the persons travelling. More shocking is the “I-do-not-give-a-damn attitude” of the cops/PCR bikes standing on both the sides of the roads adjoining the Sanjh Kendra.

An approximate stretch of 500m is the worst affected. In addition to the encroachments by auto shops on the both sides, the road on the side of the Sanjh Kendra has more than dozen shops of vegetable/fruit vendors, another obstruction in smooth flow of traffic. Installation of pressure horns that are illegal in the first place and testing of music systems also causes noise pollution. The residents living in Model Town and Atam Park areas are a harried lot as these shops are working till late night.

Irked by the nuisance and traffic chaos, the commuters having failed to convince the authorities concerned to remove the encroachments and have chosen an alternate way to reach their respective destination.

When HT team visited the Sanjh Kendra, the vehicles of visitors and the police officials were parked on the road where a “No Parking’ board was displayed.