Manmeet Singh Gill
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 1
The Railway-Link road connecting the local railway station with Kachhehri Road is one of the smallest, but one of the busiest road stretches in the city with a huge number of illegal encroachments dotting its sides.
Only 200 metres in length, the stretch is known for shopkeepers selling clothes and even electronic items by placing cots on the road itself. Though the road is fairly wide but with street vendors occupying both sides of the road and the Municipal Corporation turning a blind eye to the problem, huge traffic jams are witnessed here every day.
The absence of any parking space for thousands of salesmen working in small shops in the narrow lanes of Landa Bazaar and its adjoining Liberty Market has aggravated the problem of roadside parking. The Landa Bazaar, which once had acquired the infamous nomenclature of Chor Bazaar, is even this day known for selling cheap clothes and cosmetics apart from electronic goods including mobile phones.
The markets on the stretch are widely visited by customers and even shopkeepers from other parts of the city to get goods at wholesale prices. However, the constant rush on the road is affecting the business of the shopkeepers. The shopkeepers stated that most of the customers did not come to the market, as they did not find place to park vehicles.
They claimed that a few shopkeepers were charging from street vendors to allow them to use the road in front of their shops.
“The road is fairly wide and if the encroachments are removed, it would not only facilitate passengers going to and coming from the railway station, but it would also be better for the local shops,” said Navin Kumar, a shopkeeper.
A traffic jam on this stretch is inevitable if two four-wheelers come from opposite directions and try to cross each other in the crowded market.
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