Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 8
Despite oral and written complaints to government departments concerned and demonstrations staged, shopkeepers and residents, residing on both sides of the Heritage Street, failed to get any relief from the government.
The state government denied to allow traffic on the Heritage Street and to remove the barricades on the adjoining streets. The shopkeepers and the residents gave up resistance and stopped staging demonstrations, but they are facing inconvenience in routine. They have to travel several kilometers to reach a few metres beyond the Heritage Street.
If you want to go to Braham Buta Market from Katra Ahaluwalia (which is a walking distance) on any vehicle, you have to go toward the Galiara or the outer ring road via Malika Chowk.
Similarly, people who want to go Golden Temple via Ramanand Bagh have to cross Sandookan Wala Bazaar and they go towards the ring road.
Meanwhile, the administration has left only one way for the four-wheeler traffic to reach the Golden Temple complex (inns, the SGPC office and the Langar Hall).
The road from Sultanwind Gate to the Golden Temple complex is narrow and encroached upon. Visitors to Golden Temple have to cross the Kuti Vehra market and Brahm Buta Market. Commuters witness traffic jams across the day.
Officials and employees of the SGPC and sewadars at Guru Ram Das free kitchen (langar) also use the same road. Sometimes, mini trucks stuck in the narrow road choke the traffic.
The residents have been demanding an alternative route to the Golden Temple complex.
The police allows VIPs to ply their vehicle on Heritage Street, but commoners have been facing routine harassment.
“The small stretches leading to various destinations have been blocked to bar the traffic flow from coming on the Heritage Street. Consequently, the whole traffic burden falls on the only road leading through Sultanwind Gate. The government should make some alternative routes or parking lots to tackle the routine traffic chaos”, said Hardeep Singh, a shopkeeper at Braham Buta Market.
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