Fearing the wrath of the political bosses, the Ludhiana municipal corporation (MC), the police commissionerate and the district transport office have failed to take action against the private buses and containers parked illegally on the road next to Sidhwan Canal.
The fact that these vehicles cause traffic obstruction and ensuing inconvenience to the commuters fails to move authorities, for the fleet of buses belong to Jujhar Transport and Jujhar Travels, owned by Gurdeep Singh Jujhar, said to be a close aide of the ruling Badals.
The company’s head office is located across the canal near Jawaddi Bridge.
Several news reports on the matter have also failed to elicit action from the authorities.
Interestingly, the road, which falls under the purview of Ludhiana Municipal Corporation (LMC), has been encroached upon by the transporter ever since it was constructed, almost two years ago.
Ironically, the project of constructing a flyover and widening the road was initiated for public convenience, but looking at the high-handed attitude of the owners of the transport company, the commuters using this road feel ‘political affiliations’ are not just above the law, but carry more weight than ‘public comfort’.
“The traffic moves at a snail’s pace at this specific stretch where the road has been encroached upon by the buses and containers, but commuters are helpless. Many a times, traffic jams result in scuffles as people on the road tend to blame each other,” said Manjit Singh Mehram, a social activist.
An area resident, Narinder Pal Singh, while pointing towards the ongoing drive against traffic violators, stated that inaction against influential people was tantamount to “pick and choose” policy of the authorities concerned.
“Everybody should be treated equally where laws are concerned, as different parameters for punishment are a blotch on the face of the democracy,” Singh added.
Despite repeated attempts, Gurdeep Singh Jhujar, the owner of Jujhar Transport and Jujhar Travels, was not available for comments. He did not even reply to text messages.
Rajdeep Singh, a senior official with the company, said, “We are not parking the buses and containers on the road.” However, he was answerless when informed that Hindustan Times had photographic evidence.
When contacted, district transport officer (DTO) Anil Kumar Garg said, “It is illegal for any transport company to park its buses/containers on the government land, and that too on a road. I will take up the issue and do the needful at the earliest.”
On the other hand, MC commissioner Pradeep Agarwal said he did not receive any complaint pertaining to this issue, but would now look into it and get the encroachment removed.