Commuters feel unbearable heat as BRTS enters Bhandari Bridge

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2015 22:37 IST

Started amid much fanfare, only time will tell what future the much-hyped Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) holds for the people of Amritsar as, as of now, it is quite painful for them to bear the troubles created by the construction work.

After digging up various roads, the BRTS construction has entered Bhandari Bridge, the lifeline of Amritsar.

Already facing severe congestions, traffic gets sluggish by afternoon ever since the BRTS construction has started there.

With haphazard diversions and massive boulders placed, while descending the bridge towards Hall Gate, commuters face a lot of inconvenience.

Not only the traffic jams have increased, but the area has also become accident-prone. Driving in the area in the night is a challenge, as the stretch becomes even more dangerous.

As a part of the construction, the area while descending the bridge have been dug and also the area while coming back from Hall Gate side is in complete mess due to which shopkeepers there and commuters have to face trouble.

With the area being dug up, it is even tough for the shopkeepers to have access to their shops.

As a part of the project, a parallel bridge has to be constructed, thus things are no different on the Railway road too.

As one climbs down the bridge (towards railway station), similar scenario prevails. The road suddenly gets narrow due to the construction apparatus placed in the middle, making it tough for the commuters.

Notably, the project, which is already going on in various parts of the city, has drawn flaks from people.

Recently, local bodies minister Anil Joshi had to face the public ire when he visited the Mall Road and Queens Road.

People alleged that the construction was going on in haphazard manner and the convenience of the people had never been looked into.

The stretch between Bhandari Bridge and railway station is not only troublesome for the residents, but also for the tourists visiting the holy city.

Authority speaks

Public works department (PWD) executive engineer JS Sodhi said: "Those who are opposing the construction of the BRTS and blaming the executing agency and the state government by calling the project unplanned and delayed, will be the ones who will enjoy these new roads in November when the BRTS is completed. I am sure that people will appreciate BRTS and effort put in by the government. We are working in a planned manner and nothing is delayed. These problems are temporary and will disappear once the project is over."

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