While the number of vehicles and two-wheelers has increased over the years, the district administration has failed to provide ample space for parking, adding to the woes of city residents.
A cursory look at the affairs shows that most streets are congested with vehicles and markets wear a chaotic look with cars, two-wheelers, autorickshaws and buses moving in every direction and interfering with pedestrian zones. Even the government office buildings are not spared from this chaos, as one can spot vehicles parked in never-ending rows on roads outside these offices.
Locals rued that there are no vacant spaces and many people drive around the city hunting for a parking space, which wastes time and fuel. The congestion caused by vehicles on roads is leading to air pollution and it goes on unchecked, right under the district administration's nose.
Even outside schools, it is next to impossible to pass by as vehicles are parked in haphazard manner affecting the flow of traffic.
According to a survey, nearly 30% cars that comprise traffic are looking for parking space.
On the district administration's failure to find a suitable solution for the growing parking shortage, Patiala mayor Amarinder Bajaj preferred shaking the responsibility off his shoulders and blamed the rise in number of vehicles behind the chaos.
Bajaj said, "With the increase in population there has been a steep rise in the number of vehicles, hence there is acute shortage of parking. However, we are trying to find constructive measures to tackle the problem."
He added that the administration had plans of creating a parking lot near the AC market and commercial hub, Leela Bhavan.
The administration was also looking for land at cheaper rates on Bhupindra road to create parking space, he added.
On plans of taking any actions against drivers who randomly park their cars on the main roads and disturb the flow of traffic, he said, "We had held a meeting with the SSP on this matter and have planned to issue sticker challans to the offenders."
Manpreet Singh, a resident of Raghubir Marg, said, "Owing to the district administration's failure to curb this menace, narrow lanes have been turned into parking lots. Most of the streets are congested."
However, the civic body has claimed to have big plans in store to create parking spaces and penalising the offenders within a year's time.