In the absence of proper parking slots in Pathankot, the haphazard parking of vehicles continues to add to the woes of local commuters who can be seen jostling with each other while driving in the town.
The long jams are a regular feature on the roads and streets due to the randomly parked vehicles while ambulances and other vehicles on emergency duties are found struggling to find their way out of this chaotic scenario.
The town has witnessed a steady rise in traffic movement after Pathankot was declared a district. The increased number of four-wheelers, which is almost double than it was just five years ago, has added to the congestion on the local roads in a big way.
A parking lot was allotted near the old SP office a few years ago to accommodate the increasing vehicles but its construction is still incomplete. It is learnt that financial crunch has left this project midway.
The authorities have not learnt much from the several unfortunate incidents in the past caused by such chaotic conditions. The local residents cite an incident when a fire tender had failed to reach near a crockery shop on fire in time due to the haphazardly- parked vehicles, which had caused a heavy loss.
“Anybody who comes for shopping in the market parks his or her vehicle anywhere, without bothering about the obstruction in the movement of traffic, leading to jams”, said Subhash Chander, a local resident. “If these vehicles are parked properly, it would resolve the problem,” he added.
Ashwani kumar, a trader, said, “Where can the customers park their vehicle as there is no proper parking slot in the town. In fact, several customers now avoid coming to the markets due to the parking problem, which is resulting in a decline in our business”.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal said, “We habe told the police personnel to keep a tab on the haphazardly-parked vehicles. We also seek cooperation from the locals to park their vehicles in a proper way. It would solve the problem”.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sukhvinder Singh, who has recently joined, said he would find out the cause behind the stalling of the work on the parking lot. “I have asked officials to crack down on encroachments and my next step would be to find solution of the parking problemhe town.” he added.