Shopkeepers in Golden Temple’s vicinity oppose ‘no-traffic zone’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 21, 2016 15:41 IST
Shopkeepers destroying a structure constructed for installing bollards near the Golden Temple on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

The district administration’s move to convert the road leading to the Golden Temple into a ‘no-traffic zone’ evoked tension among the shopkeepers, who, on Friday, staged a protest and damaged the structure that is being constructed to install bollards (short vertical posts arranged in a line to obstruct the passage of motor vehicles in order to control traffic).

The government is setting up bollards along the road leading to the Golden Temple in order to convert it into a pedestrian zone.

However, the government’s move is not being swollen down well by the shopkeepers, who said the move would affect their business as they would not be able to bring vehicles to load and unload goods for their shops.

Raising slogans against the authorities, the protesters filled up the dug area and said they would not allow installing of bollards.

Police and the public works department (PWD) officials had to rush to the spot to pacify the agitated protesters, but the shopkeepers were stern with their decision.

Talking to Hindustan Times, PWD executive engineer JS Sodhi said, “Developing the area into a ‘no-traffic zone’ is part of the government’s beautification project. We will have to talk to the shopkeepers to continue the project as they did not let the work progress on Friday. We will hold the work till the time we find a solution to the problem.”

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