Wrong parking: Chaos prevails in markets

Residents appear to be facing a lot of problems these days due to lack of proper parking space in main markets of the city. The rush of residents has increased in the market due to the festive season.

Traffic congestion can be witnessed in the markets as people park their vehicles outside the shops.

Rainak Bazaar, Tikkian Wala Chowk, Phagwara Gate, Mai Hiran Gate, Model Town and Jyoti Chowk are main markets of the city and during the festive season, these markets witness a huge rush. But the problem of parking is the main issue for city residents.

They say it is surprising that there is no traffic police personnel deployed in city markets to manage the flow of traffic.

Residents say besides the markets, roads leading to these markets are also congested. Vehicles can be seen parked in a haphazard manner anywhere on the road without thinking about other commuters, residents say.

Ramanpreet Singh (25), a local resident, said, “It becomes difficult for heavy vehicles to pass through roads as people park their vehicles by roadsides at a number of places, leading to jams.”

“The city has become so congested that people have to look for parking space and at several places, vehicles can be seen parked in a haphazard manner. Traffic congestion is emerging as one of the biggest problems in the city. Traffic police personnel are also finding it hard to deal with the problem due to lack of proper traffic management,” said another resident Priya Katyal.

ACP Traffic Harvinder Singh said,” We have issued challans to most of the violators in the city and will continue to do so. Traffic police personnel have been deployed at all main markets. We are trying our best to redress the problem. As the festive season is going on, the rush of people is more as compared to other days. We urge the residents to cooperate with us.”

Khushagra Singh, a shopkeeper, said “Policemen should be deployed in large numbers in the market for the smooth flow of traffic and maintaining law and order during the festive season. Residents are not coming to the market due to traffic congestion and jams, which is affecting our business.”