There are several areas in Ludhiana where narrow streets due to encroachments continue to hassle the commuters for years.
Gandhi Nagar is a good example of such areas where apart from encroachments, haphazardly parked vehicles have worsened the situation.
According to the area residents, commercial vehicles stationed in the middle of the roads for loading and unloading of articles lead to traffic snarls. It is a common sight in the markets.
Besides, the issue of dangling electricity wires is another major problem for the area residents. According to the shopkeepers and commuters, a bunch of wires caught fire a few weeks ago due to sparking. There are several joints of electricity wires which are left open and these are loosely hanging close to the ground level so anyone can come in contact with these.
Authorities concerned have failed to take any action regarding the problems for the last couple of years, say the residents.
The encroachments in the Gandhi Nagar market have reached to such an extent that even the commuters on two-wheelers find it a Herculean task to pass through this area. The shopkeepers have displayed their articles on the roadsides. Almost half of the road portion has been covered by the encroachers.
In such a situation, the fire brigade and ambulances may find it really tough to pass through such roads in case of emergency.
City '108' ambulance cluster manager Jagdeep Singh said, "There are many areas with narrow lanes and Gandhi Nagar is one of them where we face a lot of problems. In such a situation, we take stretcher in the narrow lanes for bringing the patients to the ambulance vans. The delay, sometimes, results in deterioration in the condition of the patients."
I visit Gandhi Nagar market most often. This area is very congested as shopkeepers have encroached upon half of the roads. Passing through this area becomes difficult because of commercial vehicles stationed in the middle of the roads for loading and unloading of goods. Authorities concerned should ensure that the encroachments are removed.
The problem of encroachments should be solved as there are many areas where the roads have been made narrower due to encroachments. This can result in an inconvenience for the emergency services to reach their destinations. The officials of the municipal corporation should take a stock of the situation and issue challans to the defaulters.
I have complained regarding the encroachments by the shopkeepers several times to the mayor as well as the officials of tehbazari wing but to no avail. The officials concerned should take necessary steps so that the woes of residents and commuters may come to an end.
Raghbir Singh, councillor, ward 33
I will look into the matter and will direct the officials concerned to remove the encroachment in Gandhi Nagar.
Rishipal Singh, MC additional commissioner