Illegal encroachments in the city continues to create chaos in market arenas with shopkeepers and vendors occupying roads and footpaths and creating problems for commuters and pedestrians.
Even the municipal corporation (MC) and local police authorities are finding it a tough job to remove theses encroachments.
Though several anti-encroachment drives have been initiated in the past, these have failed to come up with any concrete solution.
Illegal encroachment causes problem not only in interior areas of the city but it has become a menace for local commuters in exterior areas as well, resulting into traffic chaos.
Vendors encroach on roads and footpaths even after being evicted by the authorities.
Inspection teams were constituted to prevent shopkeepers from encroaching upon the roads but these teams have so far remained ineffective.
A random survey by the HT team revealed that the MC failed to act against illegal encroachments. Pedestrians have to bear the brunt as the footpaths are occupied by squatters and beggars near bus stand and railway station.
The vehicles parked in the middle of road also add to the worries of the local residents with a large number of people not parking their vehicles in the areas designated for parking.
To ease traffic situation in the market areas, a meeting was also held between the MC authorities and traffic police and an action plan discussed to remove encroachments at the earliest.
Though MC has demarcated the area for rehris with yellow lines along the roads, such chaos caused by illegal encroachment continued to irk residents and commuters especially during evening hours.
Vikramjeet Singh, accountant: Encroachment is a major problem in the markets as it acts as a major hindrance in smooth flow of traffic. It restricts the space in market arenas and results in accidents and rood blockages.
Gurwinder Kaur, an employee: The road underneath the flyovers have become congested and hub of miscreants posing threats to safety of local residents.
Surjeet Singh, Social Activist: Shopkeepers should also take it as their responsibility and duty as well to obey rules and regulations and should keep their goods within demarcated area.
Mahinderpal Singh, a local resident: Removing encroachments from outside the shops is very essential. Shopkeepers should ensure that vehicles should be parked within stipulated area.