A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) post at the Mullanpur Barrier on the PGI-Mullanpur road has encroached upon a portion of the road ever since the days of militancy. The post has completely barricaded a portion of one side of the road,which also acts as a slip road,and has never opened it to the public after it was taken over.
Commuters using the road face a harrowing time during peak hours as the road suddenly narrows at the site,often creating traffic jams.
The CRPF has put half the road to their personal use. They use it to wash utensils and other things,completely oblivious to the traffic problems the encroachment has created. The road is used by thousands of office-goers on their way to Baddi in Himachal Pradesh. It is also used by long-route buses coming from HP. During officer hours,traffic jams are a common sight there, said Jaswinder Singh,a resident of Mohali,who frequently uses the road.
The authorities concerned in the UT Administration,when contacted,said the road has been encroached because it is a slip road and the CRPF,instead of putting two barricades,has completely cut-off the slip road so that they only have to barricade the main road.
CRPF officials said the road had been barricaded since the days of militancy and people had never faced inconvenience before because they had accepted that it was for their own security that the place was guarded. If the road is not blocked,there will have to be two barricades,one on the slip road,and one on the main road. However,were trying to seek the directions of the UT Administration on how to shift the barrier if there is inconvenience being caused to the public, an official said.