To resolve the traffic congestion caused by the Durga Mata Mandir near Jagraon bridge comments are being sought from the neighbouring Government College for Women (GCW) whether some land could be taken from their side.
To make such a suggestion,all the management of this temple and some NGOs related with this institution allegedly had to do was put up a demand to the Deputy Chief Minister Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal just before the elections.
Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tewari informs,Some groups and the management of this temple had met Sukhbir Badal and requested him for widening of the road just outside the temple which in turn will ease the traffic bottle-neck. In this regard we had sought a report from the management of GCW about the pros and cons and they have given us the report which we will send to secretary education for comments.
When asked as to why the temple management is not being asked to remove the encroachments which are the actual cause of these encroachments the ball was shifted to the court of Commissioner Ludhiana Municipal Corporation M S Jaggi.
Jaggi when contacted said,At present we are just in the stage of seeking reports. There is a small portion on this road where it narrows down considerably and we are looking at the option of getting some land from the college to broaden the road at this point.
But again no one is talking about encroachments by the temple. When asked Jaggi said,When we get to the business of actually widening the road we will talk to the temple association on this encroachment issue too. The final decision in this issue has to be taken by the Deputy Commissioner. The ball shifts back to court once again.
Old timers recall how in the early 2000 when the issue of what could be called as the first encroachment by this temple came up had led to protests by the RSS and the VHP in the city led by the former member parliament Lala Lajpat Rai.
The then Commissioner LMC Dr S S Sandhu who was said to be the blue-eyed boy of the Badals was shunted out of the city unceremoniously when he stuck to his guns and insisted that the encroachments be removed for public convinience.
At that time the senior Badal sided with the temple management and shunted out a respected officer which only emboldened the temple management and the one encroachments have now grown into huge number and sizes.