Res­i­dents flout park­ing rules, add to traf­fic woes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Traf­fic snarls within the in­ter­nal roads in the city have left com­muters in dis­tress and res­i­dents are de­mand­ing ac­tion against the hap­haz­ard park­ing on the roads. With few park­ing spa­ces in the city, mo­torists park their ve­hi­cles on road sides and con­trib­ute to the traf­fic chaos.

The worst af­fected are the in­ter­nal roads of the nodes which have be­come vir­tual park­ing zones. The hap­haz­ard park­ing on the in­ter­nal roads leads to prob­lems for school buses, am­bu­lances, and au­torick­shaws.

Sec­tors 9, 10, 15 and 16 of Vashi, Sec­tor 19 of Kopar Khairane and Math­adi res­i­den­tial colony roads face ma­jor traf­fic snarls. Airoli, Ghan­soli, San­pada and CBD Be­la­pur too face sim­i­lar prob­lems.

“The nar­row in­ter­nal road lead­ing to Ganesh Tow­ers and other build­ings in the area has ve­hi­cles parked on both the sides. The eater­ies along the road worsen the sit­u­a­tion as crowd gath­ers out­side th­ese eater­ies,” said Ma­hesh Lal, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 1 in Vashi.

“Re­cently there was a fire in our build­ing and the fire ten­der had great dif­fi­culty in reach­ing the spot. When it left, it hit a few parked ve­hi­cles in the road too,” said Lal.

At some places, peo­ple park their ve­hi­cles out­side their colonies de­spite space be­ing avail­able within the com­plex. A few years ago Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) had banned park­ing out­sides res­i­den­tial colonies.

“De­spite the no-park­ing sign­board on the road out­side our com­plex, there are ve­hi­cles parked here. When we take our ve­hi­cles out, th­ese parked ve­hi­cles block our view. This causes prob­lem to res­i­dents,” said Venkat R, a res­i­dent of Sec­tor 11, Kopar Khairane.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Arvind Salve said, “We have been tak­ing ac­tion within the nodal ar­eas reg­u­larly. Res­i­dents need be more dis­ci­plined and park their ve­hi­cles in a man­ner that does not cause prob­lems.”

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