Tribune News Service
Bathinda, April 16
Throwing caution to the wind, a large number of cars and two-wheelers can be spotted parked by the roadside and footpaths in the city. With the authorities concerned turning a blind eye to traffic violations, the problem has become a nuisance for pedestrians as well as commuters.
Both rue that haphazard parking by the roadside and footpaths in different parts of the city spell trouble for them. These wrongly parked vehicles not only trigger traffic snarls in busy market areas and state highways, but also pose a threat of an untoward incident.
A number of vehicles can be spotted parked by the roadside and footpaths on Mall Road, GT Road, Goniana Road, Bibi Wala Road, Bank Bazaar, Kikkar Bazaar, Dhobi Bazaar and Sirki Bazaar. It becomes really difficult for commuters to negotiate their vehicles through wrongly parked vehicles. Sometimes these vehicles are parked in such a manner as they cause a complete road block, leading to traffic snarls.
Jasleen Sahota, a teacher at a private school, said, “I have to travel to and fro the Mall Road regularly. Wrongly parked vehicles can be seen near the Sirki Bazaar area. What is surprising is that when you ask vehicle owners to clear the road to let other vehicles pass, they indulge in verbal duels and stay there, sometimes in the middle of roads.”
Another commuter Gursimran Singh said, “It is the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned that has emboldened people to flout traffic norms with impunity. Had the authorities dealt with these violators strictly, traffic scene on streets and roads would have been different or commuter friendly. Showing scant regard to traffic rules can be attributed to the slack attitude of the authorities.”
Apart from commuters, shoppers and pedestrians on busy market areas find it difficult to move around due to these wrongly parked vehicles.
Rakesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Traffic Wing, said, “We have got a special towing vehicle fabricated from Ambala to lift wrongly parked vehicles in different parts of the city. It is expected to reach in a day or two after which we will start lifting such vehicles to stop the wrong practice of hapazard parking.”