Vehicles parked on a road in a market in Bathinda. A FILE PHOTOgraph Earlier, cops used to guard entry and exit points with chains and barricades in Dhobi Bazaar24 Apr 2017 | 12:25 AM
BATHINDA: Dhobi Bazaar, where entry of cars and other four-wheelers has been barred, is no more out of bounds for such vehicles.[ + read story ]
Nikhila Pant Dhawan
Tribune News Service
Bathinda, April 23
Dhobi Bazaar, where entry of cars and other four-wheelers has been barred, is no more out of bounds for such vehicles.
Earlier, the traffic police used to guard both the entry and exit points with chains and barricades but the same is not being done now.
Although the entry point to the Dhobi Bazaar from Sadbhavna Chowk is barricaded, the entry point from the other end is open for all as a result of which cars are usually driven inside the market, thereby blocking the roads and entry to smaller connecting streets.
Pawan Mittal, a resident of Model Town, said, “For elderly people like us, who anyway find it hard to walk on crowed roads, are left to manoeuvre our way around the vehicles parked in the market.”
Earlier it was better since the entry of four-wheelers was banned in the market from noon till evening, which gave ample space to pedestrians, he added.
Shagun Bhateja, a resident of the Powerhouse Road area, said, “Ever since the traffic police stopped using chains to bar cars from entering the market, there is no space to park even two-wheelers. Often, drivers of cars enter into heated argument not only with other shoppers but also with shopkeepers, who don’t want cars to block the entrance to their shops. This has turned into a nuisance now.”
“Once I had to take the street leading from Dhobi Bazaar to Bank Bazaar and there was a car parked just at the entry point. When I asked the driver to move the car, he refused and said the owners of the car would scold him if he moved the car away for the shop where they had gone. Infuriated, I went inside the shop and called the car owner out to direct his driver to move the car. Such scenes are common in the market now,” she added.
Meanwhile, traffic police officials assured that the problem of traffic congestion caused by the entry of cars inside the market would soon be resolved.