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Rampant encroachments plague Gurdaspur

The problem of encroachments has attained an alarming proportion in the city. A large number of shopkeepers have encroached upon both sides of roads, affecting the flow of traffic.

punjab Updated: Nov 16, 2013 21:06 IST
Kamaljit Singh Kamal

The problem of encroachments has attained an alarming proportion in the city. A large number of shopkeepers have encroached upon both sides of roads, affecting the flow of traffic. The issue has become a matter of grave concern for the administration and residents.


The owners of marriage palaces, plazas, malls, shopping centres, hospitals, banks etc have encroached upon roads in the city, but none of them has made any provision for parking.

Encroachers have extended their shops on the government land in front of their complexes and shops.
The space for roads was earmarked many years ago when only tongas, tempos and a few buses plied on them.
But due to the advancement in public and private transport over the years, the number of vehicles plying on the roads has increased considerably.

The stretch of road between the purana bus stand and government college is full of encroachments by local shopkeepers. The situation is such that no vehicle can pass through the road without encountering a traffic jam.

The lackadaisical attitude of the traffic police personnel is evident from the fact that they 'rarely' intervene to ensure the smooth flow of traffic.

Many schools, shops, shopping complexes, bank and a car bazaar are located on this stretch. The car bazaar is being illegally run by a local hardware trader. Fruit and vegetable vendors are also lined-up on both sides of the road. An unauthorised rickshaw-stand further adds to the chaos on the road.

Shopkeepers have also displayed their goods outside their shops, blocking the passage of vehicles.
Sources said the local MLA allegedly intervened whenever the municipal council authorities tried to remove illegal kiosks outside government senior secondary school (boys).

Many residents of Trimu Road also park their vehicles outside shops due to paucity of a parking lot.
These encroachments hinder the movement of traffic on the road.

Women and children avoid stepping on the road as it is crowded and encroachments block the way.
Similarly, shopkeepers at the Main Bazaar, popularly known as Androoni Bazaar, have also encroached upon government land outside their shops.

Visitors find it difficult to pass through the lane in the Main Bazar. A similar scenario can be seen at Sadar Bazaar, Hanuman Road Bazaar and Kalbutary Gate Bazaar.

Meanwhile, SDM-cum-municipal council administrator Tejinderpal Singh Sandhu, said, "Encroachers are being persuaded to remove their illegal structures from the government land. If they fail to do so, the administration will remove the encroachments and their goods will be confiscated."

He said the administration might impose heavy fines on the encroachers too.

People Speak:

The authorities should keep a regular watch on encroachments by shopkeepers.
Anu Gandotra, shopkeeper

The administration should educate people not to encroach upon government land.
Ruby, shopkeeper