Manmeet Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 30
The 2.5-km stretch from the bus stand to Gurdwara Saheeda Sahib is one of the busiest traffic routes in the city.
Traffic snarls are a common site on the stretch as it takes almost 25 to 30 minutes to reach from one end to another.
A large number of devotees visit the historic gurdwara daily, which is associated with the martyrdom of Baba Deep Singh. Buses from the city to Tarn Taran, Harike, Makhu, Faridkot, Abohar and many cities of Rajasthan ply on the stretch.
Vehicles move at a snail’s pace from the bus stand to Mann Singh Gate chowk due to haphazard parking of auto-rickshaws and private buses waiting for the passengers. The chowk is less than 100 m away from the bus stand.
Though vehicles pick up pace from the chowk to Shera Wala Gate and Gheo Mandi area, the speedometer fails to touch the 30 kmph mark. Commuters often get stuck in traffic jams on the stretch from Sultanwind chowk to Gurdwara Saheeda Sahib and Chattiwind Gate.
Traffic congestion is generally witnessed outside Shaheeda Sahib Gurdwara where most of the devotees prefer to park their vehicles, especially two-wheelers, by the roadside.
“Thought a large number of two-wheelers were lifted from the place in the past, it failed to provide any relief to the general public,” said a shopkeeper, whose shop is located close to the gurdwara.
The travel time of commuters increase with the plying of hundreds of buses on the stretch daily amidst heavy traffic. It also increases the fuel bill of commuters.
The area residents stated that the long-route buses should be diverted towards Tara Wala Pul on the GT Road as it could help in checking the traffic congestion in the area.
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