Almost a decade after a gate was installed in Kitchlu Nagar, blocking round-the-clock thoroughfare, municipal corporation (MC) removed it on Wednesday.
The gate had been a nuisance for commuters and residents living in areas adjoining Kitchlu Nagar, as the shortest route to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) is through the lanes of Kitchlu Nagar, but the residents of this locality, in order to safeguard their property and lives, had installed a gate, which was permanently locked.
Dharam Chand, a resident of Haibowal said, "Before the installation of this gate, it was easy for us to reach DMCH during emergency, but after its installation, the residents had to take other routes, which took more time, thereby causing inconvenience. We are happy that the MC has acted upon our complaints."
Blocking thoroughfare is a violation of the constitutional right to movement, as every citizen has the right to access government roads and streets. But going against this right, some resident welfare associations have installed gates at the ends of streets, thereby obstructing the thoroughfare.
To some extent the residents have a reason to install gates as there is no protection of their lives and property from anti-social elements. The rising incidents of thefts, kidnapping and murders have forced the residents to take this step.
Rajan Singal, a resident of Model Town, while giving a way out, said, "Even if there is a need to install a gate, the best way is to employ a watchman or a gatekeeper who should be present as and when the gates are locked. Otherwise locking the gates will only cause inconvenience."
MC commissioner Rahul Tewari said they were taking action against gates installed in residential areas as and when they got complaints, adding, "If the gates are causing inconvenience and obstruct the way to important institutions or hospitals, we will definitely remove them."