Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 3
The inner ring road along the historic wall is in dire straits. Traffic bottlenecks range from blatant encroachments by shopkeepers, illegal extensions of houses and plying of a high number of carts, which clog the road.
As per the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC)-prepared Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP), the walled city orbital road stretch is about 7.3-km long.
Creating an amply wide stretch could be an alternative to the congested outer orbital road. However, rampant encroachments and plying of hand carts, among other obstacles, create bottlenecks.
The circular-shaped stretch is characterised by 12 historic gates. The majority of the road between the Hall gate and the Hathi gate is being used by commercial establishments for parking their own and their customers’ vehicles. Many of them have even deputed their employees to oversee the smooth parking of vehicles of their customers. In addition, students of a college also park their vehicles here in a large number.
These ‘illegal’ parking lots deny the Municipal Corporation its due while congesting the road for commuters, who have to pass through narrow lanes.
From the Hathi gate to the Lohgarh gate, the road has plenty of speed breakers, which obstruct the smooth flow of traffic. Usually, commercial establishments resort to encroachment. This stretch differs as the majority of the houses have raised toilets on the road, which reduces the width of the road.
The road between the Lohgarh gate to the BK Dutt gate is marked with encroachments by two-wheeler automobile shops on both sides. Vehicles remain parked on either side of the road, which significantly narrows down the width of the road. The stretch is vital as the outer road also bears a high flow of traffic and this road, too, remains under encroachment by vegetable and fruit vendors.
The BK Dutt gate to the Khazana gate and then from the Hakima gate to the Bhagtanwala gate also pose problems to the commuters. Traffic cops are rarely seen to be regulating traffic here. With wholesale grain and spices stores situated inside these gates, these stretches are used to load and unload wares from heavy vehicles. These vehicles close the road completely.
Ahead, the same road passing along the Sultanwind, Maha Singh and Ram Bagh gates up to the Hall gate is highly commercial. Rampant encroachments by vegetable vendors, iron-based businesses and other commercial vocations have almost gobbled up the road. A tiny lane is left for the commuters to drive on.
All readers are invited to post comments responsibly. Any messages with foul language or inciting hatred will be deleted. Comments with all capital letters will also be deleted. Readers are encouraged to flag the comments they feel are inappropriate.
The views expressed in the Comments section are of the individuals writing the post. The Tribune does not endorse or support the views in these posts in any manner.