The gate coming up in the memory of martyr Lt Navdeep Singh on the Trimu Road turning at old bus stand chowk in Gurdaspur is likely to create traffic problems.
The 66-feet road has been encroached by kiosk-owners on both sides, leading to frequent traffic jams. Local MLA and chief parliamentary secretary Gurbachan Singh Babbehali had got the problem addressed to some extent during his last stint as MLA.
He had succeeded in pushing back the boundary wall of government model senior secondary school, making the chowk wide enough to cope with increased traffic.
Then the administration decided to construct the gate in memory of Lt Navdeep at a cost of Rs 5 lakh. The administration decided to raise the 32-ft wide and 20-ft high gate at the Trimu Road turning as the road leads to Sant Nagar locality, where the house of the martyr is located. But nobody thought that the gate would cause inconvenience to the commuters.
The move reportedly defeated the very idea of widening the chowk by occupying the school land. With the construction of the gate on, the width of the road has been considerably reduced.
Babbehali admitted the decision of building the memorial gate at this particular place was wrong. He said the martyr's father Joginder Singh was adamant to get the gate constructed at this site and the authorities obliged him.
When told about the potential traffic problems once the gate was completed, he said he would try to get the location of the gate changed.