Terrible traffic!

Terrible traffic!

Amritsar bus stand

Amritsar is the only place in Punjab which proudly boasts of an international airport, international bus stand and international railway station. While the city witnesses a huge influx of tourists, the road infra seems under-equipped to handle the sea of vehicles entering the city. Tribune correspondent PK Jaiswar and lensman Vishal Kumar highlight the traffic woes of holy city.

Amritsar has always been a tourist hotspot with the Golden Temple and Beating the Retreat Ceremony at the Attari-Wagah joint checkpost being major attractions. However, traffic bottlenecks have been a perennial problem for the city. Under the Smart City project, various developments projects were being carried out in this regard, but they seem more like misplaced priorities, than a solution to easing traffic in the city.

 Hall Gate

A handful of cops man the traffic, who become active only when any VIP or VVIP visits the city. Defunct traffic lights further add to the commuters’ misery.

 Near Alpha Mall

The major intersections of the city where traffic jams are more prevalent are Hall Gate, bus stand, Lohgarh, Rambagh Chowk, Queens Road, Crystal Chowk, Batala Road Chowk near Government Dental College and Majitha road, especially near Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Railway Station, Sultanwind Gate, Chatiwind Chowk, outer circular road, near The Mall of Amritsar.

 Outside Railway station

Rampant encroachments, illegal parking and haphazard parking of vehicles further compound the problem.

The Wrong turn: A vehicle takes the wrong side of the elevated road, near the Jahajgarh area, from where vehicles from the GT Road come down towards the Golden Temple parking in Amritsar.
 Bhandari bridge

 Outside Amritsar Railway station

 Putlighar Chowk

 Putlighar

 Lohgarh gate
 Encroachment woes

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