Charanjit Singh Teja
Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 4
It takes more than half an hour to cover the 2-km stretch from Katra Jaimal Singh to Sikandri Gate.
Katra Jaimal Singh is a major market of clothes where people from all over the state and traders from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh come to.
The haphazard parking of vehicles in the market and improper diversions by the police lead to traffic congestions. The police have diverted the traffic from Bhravan da Dhaba to Katra Jaimal Singh as no four-wheeler is allowed at the heritage street.
The flow of the traffic is more than the capacity of the road. Almost half of the road is being used for the parking of vehicles.
The remaining part of the road is encroached by vendors at some locations.
A commuter who enters the market from Bhravan da Dhaba side takes 30 to 40 minutes to reach Sikandri Gate during rush hours.
Tourists and devotees coming to the Golden Temple also use the same road to reach the railway station.
Apart from Katra Jaimal Singh, the commuters face traffic chaos at Farid da Chowk.
Parking along the roadside leads to jams at Regent Cinema Chowk where famous Amritsari lassi shops are located.
Ashwani Kumar, a shopkeeper of the Katra Jaimal Singh area, said, “The traffic congestion is the result of wrong planning. The police don’t allow devotees to park their vehicles in Saragarhi market. They take turn from Bhravan da Dhaba to Katra road. It adds to the problem.”
Varun Khanna, an RTI activist, has also written to the MC to explore the potential of existing parking lots to address the problem.