Fastway Cable managing director Gurdeep Singh Jujhar, who is in news since the suicide by a cable television operator in Amritsar over Fastway’s monopoly, owns companies that have encroached upon public spaces in Ludhiana.
His Jujhar Transport and Jujhar Travels have been parking their air-conditioned buses and container trucks in the way of traffic along the Sidhwan Canal for years, and his Grand Walk shopping mall on the Ferozepur Road has eaten into a green belt.
With a flyover over the canal opening a few weeks ago, his buses now occupy the other side of the divider, defeating the purpose of the flyover and road-widening projects. Fearing political backlash, Ludhiana’s civic, police, and transport authorities do little to check the violations.
Jhujar’s transport company has its head office across the canal near the Jawaddi Bridge here. The municipal corporation has received many complaints from the local people against it but never acted to take back its land.
A part of the green belt adjoining a convent school in BRS Nagar has been covered with tiles to be converted into a parking lot. The mall’s giant screen facing the Ferozepur Road (National Highway-95) ran moving advertisements for a few months against the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) rules until a series of accidents forced the residents to object.
Speaking on behalf of Gurddep Singh Jujhar, Rajdeep Singh, senior manager of Fastway Cable, Jujhar Transport, and Jujhar Travels, said the group would maintain the green belt adjoining Grand Walk mall. “The company has stopped parking the buses on the road adjoining the Sidhwan Canal and will ensure its buses and container trucks parked on the other side do not obstruct traffic,” said Rajdeep Singh.