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Industrialists irked over getting stuck in traffic jams due to protests

punjab Updated: Jan 17, 2014 19:18 IST
Arjun Sharma

City-based industrialists are infuriated over regular protest demonstrations on the Ferozepur Road that leads to them getting stuck in traffic jams for hours, resulting in financial losses.

There have been a series of protest demonstrations by various political parties and unions on the Ferozepur Road in the past few days that have caused inconvenience to commuters, including industrialists and owners of business houses.

Vinod Thapar, chairman of Knitwear Club, said due to a protest, he reached late by an hour for a meeting with the general manager of a bank. “I had to discuss financial issues with the senior official of a bank. But due to traffic jams on Ferozepur Road, I reached late while the official started the meeting with others,” Thapar said.

He added that it was the lackadaisical attitude of the police and district administration that was allowing such protests at the cost of inconvenience to the residents.

Arun Sharma, who has a steel manufacturing factory, said during a protest on Ferozepur Road last month, he had to come out of his vehicle and walk to his destination. “It is a nuisance that is created by protesters that cause loss to the public. Often students also get late in reaching their schools and colleges due to these protests,” Sharma added.

He demanded that specific areas be marked for protests, so that political parties could not.

Another hosiery owner, requesting anonymity, said no political party, including Congress and
SAD, was working for people of the state. “They only want their pictures clicked and their statements highlighted in media. They create havoc in city for additional publicity,” the businessman added.