Workshop woes for Abul Fazal Enclave residents
OT, June 13, 2011 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/AFE
When Alama Shibli Numani Road in Abul Fazal Enclave (AFE) was widened, Arif Khan was happy that the traffic congestion would be the thing of the past. Other residents also realized that their hardship of travelling on the narrow road to Shaheen Bagh would come to an end soon. But this didn’t happen. Within a few weeks after the road was built, new car and bike workshops came up. Today the road is lined by such workshops. Khan said: “We had thought that traffic jam would be over with the widening of the road, but the opposite has happened as workshops occupy half the road. The empty spaces on the left and right side of the road are occupied by workshops.”
Since the population explosion in the locality, such workshops have come fast on roadside.
AFE-based resident Md Nayyar said: “Workshops are creating nuisance. As you enter AFE from right side of the police station you can see the workshops everywhere. The biggest problem is that because of them the road has been narrowed as most of the workshop owners park their vehicles on the road.”
Many residents are deeply concerned with the fast coming up of workshops on the road. “Many illegal activities are taking place in these workshops. But many residents don’t object to them as they get their vehicles repaired close to their houses,” said Nayyar.
The situation is such that even women don’t feel comfortable to walk on the footpath as it is occupied by the workshops and busy most of the time. Some cases of eve-teasing have also surfaced with most of the mechanics being young. Some residents are of the firm opinion that these workshops working illegally on the road should be regularized and they should not be allowed to park vehicles on the road creating problem for others.
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