Encroachment by shopkeepers goes unabated in highway towns

The trend has brought traffic movement to a choking crawl and the obstruction-free movement across the highway has become a dream.

MM PARVAIZ
Ramban, Publish Date: Mar 21 2017 2:07AM | Updated Date: Mar 21 2017 2:07AM
Encroachment by shopkeepers goes unabated in highway townsFile Photo

Encroachment of roads along the markets of highway towns of this district has become chronic cause of traffic jams. 

The trend has brought traffic movement to a choking crawl and the obstruction-free movement across the highway has become a dream.

The problem is worst in Ramban, Banihal and Batote Banihal and Batote towns where the authorities are allegedly reluctant to take action against the                                                offenders.

Locals alleged that shopkeepers have occupied the foot paths fearlessly to display their merchandise giving a tough time to motorists and    pedestrians.

In Batote town the road from Dak Bunlow to Bhadrawah Morh, in Banihal from Gund Adalkote to Army Transit camp and in District Headquarter town Ramban from Cafeteria Morh to Khowbagh crossing T-Morh to main market have been turned into stockyard                                                                  market.

Even general Bus Stands have not been spared   from encroachment which gives a very ugly view of the towns.

“Not only Municipal Committees, but police are also accountable for keeping the road free from encroachments, but on ground no agency is visible” said a pedestrian of Banihal Mohammad                                 Arif.

The residents of these towns complained that   all the foot paths along major thorough fair   have been grabbed by the shopkeepers causing immense sufferings to pedestrians and crippling traffic conjunctions in the towns.

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