Expressing concern over the city’s chronic “ignored” problems, including traffic jams and lack of parking spaces, one of the directors of Ludhiana Smart City Limited (LSCL), Sanjay Goel, requested the intervention of the Chief Minister (CM) Charanjit Singh Channi in the matter.
Goel, who is also the president of the Indian Institute of Architects (Punjab Chapter), wrote a letter to CM Channi, urging him to call a meeting with the architects and the trained Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) officials. as part of the smart city mission to solve problems.
He said cities in the state, including future smart cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar, are struggling due to traffic jams and the lack of parking space is weighing even more heavily on the public. Different proposals have been made in the past to build multi-storey parking lots at Feroze Gandhi Market, Book Market, near Aarti Chowk and other areas, but nothing has been done at ground level, a he added.
“There is no doubt that development projects are being launched, but the chronic problems are being ignored. There is an urgent need to establish at least 10 multi-storey car parks in the city. Outside of the Old Town areas, lack of parking space is also a major problem at Ghumar Mandi, Model Town and Gol Market, ”Goel said.
“Encroachments along the roads are also a major problem. A lot of time and fuel are wasted in traffic jams and the public is harassed. In addition, it adds to the pollution. These problems must be resolved as a matter of priority and a special committee must be formed to deal with the problems associated with traffic jams and parking. The CM should convene a meeting as soon as possible, ”he added.
“Covering parking spaces in buildings due to illegal construction is also a major concern and the government is trying to regularize these unauthorized buildings by offering a single settlement policy, which is not good. The government and administration must act strictly as similar problems are also encountered in other cities in the state. There are many other issues including solid waste management and the lack of proper rainwater harvesting, ”Goel said.