Despite the directions of authorities concerned, the iron gates installed illegally in various areas across the city remain closed during the daytime due to which commuters as well as area residents are subjected to inconvenience. Even both the municipal corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) have failed to solve the issue of iron gates in their respective areas.
Majority of the iron gates were installed without taking any permission in BRS Nagar, Model Town, Rajguru Nagar, Urban Estate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and other areas. Now, area residents have made two groups - one in favour of installation of gates and others against the gates.
The gates in Rajguru Nagar were being kept closed during daytime. After getting a legal notice, in December 2014, the then LIT chairman Rakesh Popli had directed that the iron gates will remain open from 5am-10pm.
Area resident Gurcharan Singh, who is a retired professor, said, “Majority of the iron gates in block B of Rajguru Nagar remain closed during the daytime. Residents have been facing inconvenience due to closure of gates. Now, I will move the Punjab and Haryana high court.”
“I complained to the LIT authorities on Thursday again, but all in vain. The installation of iron gates on streets is a complete violation. Our rights are being snatched as we can't use the public streets,” he said.
Besides, the gates generally remain closed in Model Town area that falls under municipal corporation. The iron gates that were installed in the streets on the backside of Krishna Mandir generally remain closed and people used to park their vehicles in front of these gates.
Area resident Davinder Singh said, “The gates remain closed in various areas of Model Town. Moreover, security guard is not available at any gate.”
“We are not against the installation of gates but these should be opened in day time and security guard should be available at night time so that the other commuters would not suffer,” he said.
A person, requesting anonymity, said, “The gates were installed due to security reasons as snatching and theft incidents were on rise in these areas.
In December 2014, the MC had brought a proposal that the gates should be opened from 5am to 11pm. The proposal stated that welfare associations will ensure that a security person should be deployed at each gate from 11pm to 5am during which the gates can be closed.
The MC had then sent that proposal to government for final approval, but hasn't received any reply on it.
LIT superintending engineer Sukhbir Jakhar said they would take the matter seriously. If the residents would not follow the directions, iron gates would be removed, he added.
Contacted, LIT chairperson Shruti Singh said that she would deploy a senior officer to look into the matter.
MC additional commissioner Rishipal Singh was not available for comments.