Encroachment on roads a perennial problem in Hamirpur
The district headquarters town is in the grip of encroachments by small-time traders and vendors on both sides of all roads, but the main bazaar road and the Shimla-Dharamsala highway that passes through the town are the most affected. As a result, people of the town are facing a lot of problems due to congestion of roads and the most affected lot are senior citizens, who face difficulty in crossing congested and crowded roads.punjab Updated: Nov 27, 2013 18:23 IST
The district headquarters town is in the grip of encroachments by small-time traders and vendors on both sides of all roads, but the main bazaar road and the Shimla-Dharamsala highway that passes through the town are the most affected.
As a result, people of the town are facing a lot of problems due to congestion of roads and the most affected lot are senior citizens, who face difficulty in crossing congested and crowded roads.
The situation has reached such a pass that the drains along the roads covered with huge iron sheets and grills, constructed by the public works department (PWD) for use by pedestrians, always remain occupied by vendors who display and spread out their goods for sale.
And this has been happening under the very nose of the district administration and the local civic body, and no steps are being taken to clear them.
Even if one day the traders are asked to leave the sites or their goods are removed or confiscated, they reappear later on the same or the next day.
Besides, a number of traders have also encroached upon the government land by putting up 'chhajjas' (thatching) in front of their shops and houses.
Roshan Lal Sharma, a senior citizen, blamed the politicians for this sad state of affairs as the encroachers have links with them and they always came forward to protect them.
He further told HT that since the local civic body was under the control of the BJP and the state government was run by the Congress party, the affairs of the town are not looked after by anyone at the ministerial level.
He said leaders and workers of both the Congress and BJP were busy in protecting their own respective interests and no one was bothered about the problems of the common people in the town.
Another octogenarian Sohan Singh said it was difficult to cross the crowded roads of the town,, especially during morning and evening hours when they had to go to the bazaars to make purchases.
Singh alleged that since the rulers themselves were the real encroachers, who would try to remove the encroachments.
He appealed to the state government to appoint a young but disciplined and energetic officer in the town to take care of the problems and grievances of the people.
Executive officer of the local civic body said they were doing their best to clear the encroachments in the town from time to time. However, once the encroachments were removed, the same people find other sites to encroach upon.
He said the body was examining a proposal to permanently ban the keeping of goods on the path to be used by pedestrians.
First Published: Nov 27, 2013 18:21 IST