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Ambulance taking patient to hospital stuck in traffic jam at Mendhar
Illegal, haphazard parking by shopkeepers causes nuisance
12/15/2019 10:44:47 PM
Rajesh Tandon

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Dec 15: In a shocking incident wherein an ambulance, which was taking a patient in an emergency case to Government Medical College Rajouri, got stuck in a huge traffic jam in main market Mendhar for hours together due to haphazard/ illegal parking by some shopkeepers on the roads. While the local police and administration acted as mute spectator.
The traffic jam was witnessed from Main Market to Sub District Hospital Mendhar for more than two hours due to which the patient could not be taken to hospital in time which delayed it for more than 30 minutes. Traffic on the busy Hanuman Temple Market also had an adverse effect on other important routes including Bus Stand and Yaadgar Chowk crossing. The traffic was thrown out of gear from 3 pm to 5 pm in which an ambulance was stuck in the middle of traffic snarl on Hanuman Temple Market. The ambulance driver told Early Times that patient having serious health issue had to be taken to hospital but traffic jam in city made things worse as he could not get passage for the vehicle and remained stuck in traffic jam. There was about 1 km long queue of vehicles on both carriageways, leaving commuters fuming. The police, like always, seemed helpless on the face of the traffic onslaught. Not many traffic policemen were seen trying to control the situation.
Suresh Kumar and Ketan Verma, shopkeepers, said that a route of Mendhar hospital which would take 5 minutes to cover takes at least 50 minutes if you get stuck in such traffic jams. The local alleged that illegal parking by few shopkeepers on the road is the root cause of such traffic jam. Despite number of complaints to the local administration and police to take strict action against this menace nothing has been done which shows their non-seriousness.
When contacted Tehsildar Mendhar Dr Vikram Raina, told that he had received complaints that some shopkeepers make illegal parking which led to traffic jam. He further said that he had written to Mendhar Police to take action against them.
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