Space for pedestrians, light motor vehicles shrinking fast in old city

He also said that there is also very little check on wrong parking in the old city areas which creates mess on the roads and causes traffic jams.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Apr 22 2018 2:07AM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2018 2:07AM
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The space for pedestrians and light motor vehicles in many areas of old Jammu City is shrinking by the day, due to failure of the concerned authorities to keep a check on encroachments and wrong parking.

The ever busy areas of the city, like the business hub Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazar, Purani Mandi, Raj Tilak Road, Super Bazar, Lakhdata Bazar and Parade are the worst affected by encroachments and wrong parking.

“Although, the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) conducts anti-encroachment drives from time to time, but once the team leaves, things go wrong again as the shopkeepers place their items out of their establishments and the footpaths/pavements are encroached,” said a shopkeeper of Shalamar, wishing anonymity.

He also said that there is also very little check on wrong parking in the old city areas which creates mess on the roads and causes traffic jams.     

The traffic jams in these busy areas of the old city have become an order of the day. The roads have shrunk at several areas and reduced to half of their width due to encroachments and wrong      parking.

Although, heavy vehicles are not allowed in the old city areas during the day, but still the pedestrians and the light vehicles find it difficult to move.

The shopkeeper said that the situation becomes even worse during festival season.

“There is heavy rush in old city areas during festival season, and what you are seeing right now is a very small part of the problem which we witness during every festival season,” the shopkeeper said.

If wrong parking is done away with, the problem would be resolved to a large extent, he said.

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