Amritsar residents peeved over not shifting ISBT to Vallah

Amritsar residents peeved over not shifting ISBT to Vallah

Tribune Information Service

Charanjit Singh Teja

Amritsar, Might 17

Residents of the town are a harried lot as their demand for shifting the inter-state bus terminal (ISBT) out of the town for decongesting the realm has didn’t elicit any response from the federal government to date. The realm across the ISBT witnesses heavy site visitors all through the day and the resultant site visitors blockades, leaving little area for commuters to maneuver.

The residents, who face site visitors jams on roads across the ISBT, have been elevating the demand to shift it to Vallah as it’s going to help in decongesting the realm round. It’s going to minimise hazard to commuters and vacationers whereas crossing highway round ISBT.

The shifting of ISBT to Vallah was proposed in 2015 and the then authorities had made efforts for it. Former MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu made efforts and took up the problem with increased officers. In 2015, the great mobility plan (CMP) ready by the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Growth Firm (PMIDC), a division of the Native Authorities, for infrastructure improvement of the town for the subsequent 4 a long time, additionally proposed to shift ISBT out of the town.

The residents claimed that the shifting of ISBT would resolve persistent site visitors issues on many roads, together with the stretch from Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh Shaheedan to Rambagh Chowk, GT Highway Maqbool Chowk to Bhandari railway overbridge and different locations. Encroachments round ISBT additionally create issues for commuters. The MC had failed to ascertain the road merchandising zone up to now.

Numerous kiosks alongside the boundary wall of the bus stand, which have been there for the final a few years, have additional congested the highway. Including to the issue are auto-rickshaws, that are stopped on the highway to select and drop passengers, across the ISBT.

Michal Rahul, a social activist, stated, “Not solely site visitors congestion, air and sound air pollution additionally have an effect on the Golden Temple, which is lower than one kilometre from the bus stand. All the primary highway hyperlinks connecting with the Vallah space and it might be higher to shift ISBT to Vallah.”

The office-bearers of the Amritsar Vikas Manch additionally wrote to CM Bhagwant Mann suggesting him to shift ISBT at Vallah.

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