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Drive to remove traffic bottlenecks in Ahmedgarh markets

Drive to remove traffic bottlenecks in Ahmedgarh markets
Traffic congestion on Railway Road at Ahmedgarh. Tribune photo

Mahesh Sharma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 14

Identifying encroachments, stationary handcarts and mule-carts as major impediments in traffic management in the town, the administration has launched coordinated movement to redress recurrent problem of traffic bottlenecks in busy markets.

The railway road, Main Bazar, Chaura Bazar, Raikot Road, Old Bus Stand road, Sabzi Mandi, Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Gandhi Chowk are among the localities where vehicular traffic is normally interrupted due to varied factors.

Besides initiating process for removal of encroachments, the administration has planned to earmark certain places where fruit and vegetable venders could install their handcarts and mule carts, thus easing the traffic on roads and streets.

Traffic management has always remained an uphill task in the town and surrounding localities due to varied reasons, including frequent and long closure of level crossings at Pohir Road and Jagera Road. Traffic bottlenecks in the town, owing to rampant encroachments, have haunted residents for years. The situation exacerbates during the morning and evening hours as people leave for and return from their workplaces or educational institutions.

The failure of authorities concerned to crack the whip on unauthorised vendors, using mule carts and tempos to establish their vends, and shopkeepers, who display their articles outside their establishments on roads and streets, has triggered the traffic mess. Encroachments make the road narrower, leaving a little room for commuters. Besides, residents say there is a need to sensitise people to the issue.

Ambulances and private vehicles, ferrying critical patients, often get stuck in traffic jams, resulting in a delayed medical care. The traffic mess often results in several incidents of road rage, besides heated arguments among commuters and owners of shops alongside roads.

Subhush Sekha, secretary of Yew Unity Club, alleged that diversion of traffic through residential areas posed a grave threat to the lives of children playing in narrow streets.

Vikramjeet Singh Panthey, SDM, Ahmedgarh, said concerned authorities had already been advised to take remedial step to solve the problem permanently. Appreciating the concern and gesture shown by the office-bearers of organisations working for the welfare of traders and shopkeepers, Panthey said a majority of the outfits had resolved to get the issue solved by taking organised steps. “Having received resolutions, we have planned to establish venders’ markets at the abandoned old grain market and certain other designated places. Municipal council authorities have been advised to get the encroachments removed in a phased manner,” said Pathey, maintaining that punitive action would be taken if encroachments are removed by persuasion.

Admn to earmark certain places for vendors

  • Besides initiating process for removal of encroachments, the administration has planned to earmark certain places where fruit and vegetable vendors could install their handcarts and mule carts, thus easing the traffic on roads and streets
  • The failure of authorities concerned to crack the whip on unauthorised vendors, using mule carts and tempos to establish their vends, and shopkeepers, who display their articles outside their establishments on roads and streets, has triggered the traffic mess.. 

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