Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 14
The walled city, with its labyrinthine narrow streets, was not ready for an invasion, since the 1980s, of fast and motorised two-wheelers which obliged users to invent special inclined planes or ramps to roll the vehicles and to raise the height of their modest dwellings.
The trend of raising four-foot or five-foot ramps before every house on either side further narrowed the road space, leaving inadequate space for road users. Even unwary pedestrians stumble against them.
Evidently, these ramps are illegal and occupy precious road space. Such slopes, no doubt indispensable, because of the height of plinth, should be shifted inside buildings and not on the road.
Another major trouble obstructing the flow of traffic are rehris (handcarts). They are there at every nook and corner of the city.
The third hurdle is parking of vehicles in narrow lanes which further congest these. In case of an emergency, it is extremely difficult to cross the road.
These roadblocks are constant sources of traffic congestion and blockades. Travel on any road inside the walled city and these troubles are prominent. However, the local body agencies have failed to device any plan to rectify these anomalies.
All prominent roads inside the walled city face these troubles. These roads are Hathi gate to Golden Temple via Katra Parja, Shastri market, telephone exchange, Cash Dhara Bazaar, Katra Ahluwalia to Ghanta Ghar Chowk. Similarly, Lohgarh gate to Guru Bazaar and ahead to Katra Jai Mal Singh. In these commercial areas, parking of vehicles on roads is so rampant that many a time a four feet wide rickshaw is unable to pass leading to a traffic jam.
Gate Khazana to the Bhagtanwala gate has scores of market areas and Gate Hakima Wala to Atta Mandi has markets like Namak Mandi, Shatiriyan Wala Bazaar, Swank Mandi and Atta Mandi.
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