Criminal neglect: security gap not bridged
A live ostentation of beggars and filth goes on every minute over the footbridge outside the railway station. A snatching can happen anytime on this spot, and a Danish tourist was molested there recently.Updated: Oct 12, 2013 19:33 IST
A live ostentation of beggars and filth goes on every minute over the footbridge outside the railway station.
A snatching can happen anytime on this spot, and a Danish tourist was molested there recently. Built to help pedestrians go across the GT Road safely, the bridge has become more unsafe than the highway traffic below. "I see how people will bump into vehicles and be stranded in the rush but not take the bridge," said Ram Lal, who runs a kiosk nearby.
No one takes the responsibility of cleaning the bridge of rubbish, beggars and snatchers. Day by day, it turns filthier. "Visitors over this Amritsar's welcoming spot carry home a bad impression of the city," said Ashish Nanda, assistant sales manager at hotel Radisson Blu.
"Repeated snatchings and now Danish tourist's molestation will tell you how well the police have performed their duty," said retired government teacher Baldev Singh, "and they are deployed 24 hours at the station entrance."
"We have become more vigilant since the molestation incident," said a police officer.
The bridge is at the city's welcoming point, and the first impression is the last impression, Ashish Nanda, hotel professional.
I was shocked to hear the news of molestation of Danish tourist there, so who'll use the bridge, surjeet Singh, student.
Incidents such as molestation are not expected in a holy city and tourist destination Jagdeep Singh, visitor.
Within a few days, the bridge will be clean of all negative elements. I have put a special team on job, DPS Kharbanda, municipal commissioner.
First Published: Oct 12, 2013 19:17 IST