Encroachments make life difficult for Delhiites
Encroachment over roads and footpaths, unauthorised parking near Laxmi Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Pandav Nagar and Preet Vihar have made the life miserable for the commuters which results in massive traffic snarls in these areas during peak hours.
Because of encroachment there is sudden narrowing on the both side of the roads as haphazardly parked car and bikes along with the beggars and hawkers block the movement of the commuters. Rampant encroachment has only resulted in chaos on the roads.
“Traffic jam has become a daily routine in this area during the peak hours. With cars parked on both sides and the pavements encroached, pedestrians have no option but to walk on the main road. We complained to the concerned agencies about the problem but in vain,” said Rajeev Ranjan, a daily commuter.
The Millennium Post team found that the footpath on both sides of the roads either had been encroached upon by shopkeepers or the vendors who were occupying them illegally forcing pedestrians to walk on the main carriageway.
Locals alleged that the authorities have become silent spectators and were taking bribes from shopkeepers. The agencies have completely failed to crack down on the squatters, they added.
Even the parliamentary committee in the year 2014 stated that Delhi Police is entrusted with the responsibility to remove encroachments from footpaths. However, in markets and unorganized colonies, the commuters find it very difficult to walk due to encroachments on both sides of footpaths.
The committee, in this regard has strongly recommended the Delhi Police to enforce the law in letter and spirit and remove encroachments in order to facilitate the commuters with hassle-free passage. The matter will also be discussed with the local civic agencies.