Residents meet SHO, demand action against encroachers, vendors
OT, December 24, 2011 21:17 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Jamia Nagar
Fed up with traffic snarls, roadside vendors and encroachers, a few residents turned up at the local Okhla police station to discuss the burning issue with SHO Satbir Dagar on December 23. Presenting a memorandum that carried signatures of more than twenty-five residents, the activists demanded the officials to unleash a cleaning drive in the locality so that they could live in peace and travel unhindered on roads.
Residents complained that encroachment on roads from Batla House to Zakir Nagar to Abul Fazal Enclave by vendors, mushrooming workshops and vehicle owners has made their life difficult. Also, they informed the SHO that many main roads have been narrowed to such extent due to encroachment that at time of emergency they find it difficult even to rush patients to hospitals. Fire tenders too cannot reach houses on time.
The road from Batla House to Zakir Nagar is the worst hit with traffic gridlock becoming a norm. At night time the roads are narrowed as many residents who have been deprived of parking space by venal builders, placing their vehicles on roadsides. And in day time the roadside is occupied by vendors, creating nuisance. Besides, many nouveau riche are seen parking their vehicles on the middle of the road and busy relishing delicacies from roadside eateries that have surfaced in huge numbers of late.
For most of the time the roads to these areas are blocked with vehicles to such an extent that even two rickshaw pullers can’t get in. The plying of the Gramin Seva (small Mahindra vehicle) on the roads of these colonies too has made residents’ life difficult as they have to wait for hours to reach office and vice-versa. Also, rash driving has led to increase in road accidents. Moreover, the crux of the crisis is the absence of any traffic signal in the locality. Ironically, there are no traffic police to man the area.
But it looks that things may improve with the SHO assuring the people all help. He told people representatives that he would meet the vendors and request them to remove their stalls so that congestion could be cleared. However, till the filing of the story the situation has least improved. Will it be a waste of time for those who turned up at the police station? Can Jamia Nagar never be improved as many residents suggest?
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