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Commercial activities rampant in residential areas; MC clueless

punjab Updated: Sep 16, 2014 15:29 IST
Sukhpreet Singh
Sukhpreet Singh
Hindustan Times

From schools, salons, gyms, grocery stores to small restaurants, the residential areas have become the hub of commercial activities, resulting in traffic jams, pollution and disturbance to the people living in these colonies.

These activities have given rise to the vehicular traffic that is one of the main reasons for increase in minor accidents in localities. The commercial activities are not just limited to a specific area but have covered almost the entire city. With no check from the authorities concerned, these new commercial set ups are mushrooming every day.

The residents in some areas have strongly objected these activities, but the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to address the issue. To name a few, areas including Gurdev Nagar, BRS Nagar, Sarabha Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar and Urban Estate Dugri have seen manifold increase in these activities in the inside lanes of the residential buildings.

In Krishna Nagar, a hospital, many departmental stores, saloons and tailors shops etc. have left no space for the area residents to park their vehicles. “Many times, we need to take alternate routes to our work places as the road outside is choked with vehicles. All this has happened due to the exponential rise in commercial activities,” rued Taranjot Kaur, an area resident.

Like Krishna Nagar, in Gurdev Nagar near Aarti Chowk also, one can see many commercial activities like hospital, playway schools, insurance office and laboratories among others. Ravinder Singh, a resident of BRS Nagar, said “You can seem numerous small fast food joints on the colony roads in the evening, which cause traffic chaos as they serve food inside cars.”

He added the authorities concerned have turned a blind eye towards these activities despite the fact that these buildings should be sealed in absence of change of land use (CLU).”

Municipal corporation commissioner Pradeep Agarwal said, “If there is any complaint regarding the issue, a notice will be given to the particular shop. If a violator fails to adhere to the notice, particular shop/SCO will be demolished.”

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