No end to park­ing woes at New Pan­vel

ROAD MESS High auto fare forces com­muters to go to Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion on bikes but there is no space to park

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

PAN­VEL: There is acute short­age of park­ing space on the New Pan­vel side of Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion. The lim­ited space avail­able for a large num­ber of ve­hi­cles that ar­rive at the rail­way sta­tion is lead­ing to ma­jor prob­lems in the area.

Mo­torists in the area have be­gun park­ing their ve­hi­cles in front of the build­ings nearby. There are also in­stances of two-wheel­ers and four-wheel­ers be­ing parked in­side the hous­ing so­ci­ety com­pounds by the mo­torists who travel to Mum­bai by train.

This has up­set the lo­cal res­i­dents while traf­fic snarls have also be­come an is­sue in the area due to hap­haz­ard park­ing. Res­i­dents com­plain that nei­ther Cidco nor the rail­way ad­min­is­tra­tion have taken any mea­sure to re­solve the is­sue.

Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion is an A grade sta­tion which will soon be­come a junc­tion. Apart from the res­i­dents of Pan­vel, the work­ing pop­u­la­tion liv­ing in New Pan­vel, Suka­pur, Adai, Akurli, Vichumbe and Nere too makes use of the train ser­vices.

Also, since the long-dis­tance trains halt at Pan­vel, there is a huge rush of com­muters at the rail­way sta­tion.

Ma­hesh Kri­plani, a reg­u­lar com­muter, who parks his bike in the area, said: “As the au­torick­shaw fare is high, a large num­ber of peo­ple pre­fer go­ing to the rail­way sta­tion on their twowheel­ers. There are also sev­eral who come on four-wheel­ers.”

He added, “A large sec­tion of the com­muters to Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion comes from New Pan­vel. Hence, the rail­ways has pro­vided a 1,300 sqm park­ing lot on the New Pan­vel side. How­ever, since the space is small, by 9am the park­ing lot is packed with ve­hi­cles, leav­ing lit­tle space for oth­ers. The Cidco park­ing lot next to it too is prov­ing to be in­ad­e­quate due to its size.”

Girish Dud­hane, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said that be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient park­ing lots by the rail­way and Cidco, mo­torists park their ve­hi­cles on both sides of the road from Omkar ar­cade to CKT School.

“With no space in the park­ing lot, mo­torists park their ve­hi­cles wher­ever they get space. As a re­sult, ve­hi­cles get parked at one spot for al­most 10 hours ev­ery day. This creates prob­lems for nor­mal flow of traf­fic all day,” said Dud­hane.

The build­ings on the road that do not have en­trance gates to their com­pound are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble for mo­torists, who park ve­hi­cles on their premises.



Bikes parked in a small space out­side Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion.

A Pan­vel rail­way of­fi­cial said, “De­ci­sion on build­ing park­ing lots is taken at a high level and hence we can­not com­ment on it.”

For­mer Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil pres­i­dent Su­nil

Mo­hade said, “I have given a pro­posal to Cidco to con­struct a two-storey park­ing lot in the area to re­solve the is­sue. This will pre­vent il­le­gal and hap­haz­ard park­ing in the area around the rail­way sta­tion.”

He added, “There has been no ac­tion on it yet though.”

Shivaji Gode, po­lice in­spec­tor (traf­fic), said”

“It is true that a large num­ber of ve­hi­cles are parked op­po­site Pan­vel rail­way sta­tion in New Pan­vel. The lack of ad­e­quate park­ing fa­cil­ity is lead­ing to the sit­u­a­tion.”

He added, “We do take ac­tion against the mo­torists for hap­haz­ard and il­le­gal park­ing reg­u­larly. How­ever, they too face a dilemma of where to park their ve­hi­cles.”

Gode said that it was nec­es­sary that Cidco and the rail­ways take a de­ci­sion on the is­sue at the ear­li­est.

Cidco of­fi­cials said they are study­ing the is­sue.

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