Although the district administration claims that the city has the best parking facilities, yet citizens have to face the problem of non-availability of parking space and traffic chaos due to haphazard parking of vehicles on the roads.
Traffic jams, road rage cases and accidents have become the order of the day in the absence of well-carpeted roads, sufficient traffic police personnel and lack of operational traffic lights on major intersections.
Encroachments are rampant in areas such as the main bazaar, Akalsar road, Railway road, Chamber road, Amritsar road and Moga-Ferozepur national highway. After encroaching the roads, people have converted the encroached part as a parking space for their vehicles. The people, who come to the district administration complex, park their vehicles on the roads illegally, which leads to traffic congestion.
The authorities concerned, too, find it difficult to regulate the traffic with limited resources. Although, many people are challaned by the transport department officials everyday for using mobile phones while driving, smoking, driving without seat belt, over-speeding and for illegal parking, yet the people care a hoot for traffic rules..
Jagdev Singh Brar, renowned Punjabi writer of Moga, says, "About a few years ago, the area situated near the district administration complex used to be a good place where families could walk around without fear. Now, we are scared even of entering it. Big vehicles parked here block the visibility of traffic coming from the other side of the road."
"Due to regular and prolonged power cuts, even traffic lights stop working during peak hours. The complaints in this respect do not bother the authorities anymore," said Brar.
Darshana Rani, district vice-president of the Shiromani Akali Dal (women wing), said, "It takes at least 25 minutes to cover the half-a-km stretch from the main chowk to the civil hospital. If the administration sets up a new parking slot at the old grain market, near the under-bridge, for local residents, the traffic problem will be solved to a great extent in the city."
Parminder Singh Gill, Moga deputy commissioner, said, "The administration has provided six places for parking in the city, including those at the district administration complex and local courts. People should obey the rules when it comes to parking of vehicles. I will ask the municipal corporation authorities to arrange more suitable places for parking of vehicles."