No ac­tion against il­le­gal park­ing at Vashi

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: On the one hand the traf­fic depart­ment is try­ing to cre­ate aware­ness among the peo­ple about road safety, while on the other they are turn­ing a blind eye to the il­le­gal park­ing at some pop­u­lar hang­out places of the city. Vashi Mini Seashore is one good ex­am­ple of this men­ace.

A large num­ber of peo­ple come to this place for jog­ging in the morn­ing and evening reg­u­larly. How­ever, they have to face nu­mer­ous prob­lems be­cause of the ve­hi­cles parked on the road.

“You will see aroumd hun­dred ve­hi­cles parked on the road ev­ery day. We heard peo­ple from other ar­eas too come and park their ve­hi­cles here as they don’t have park­ing lot in their hous­ing so­ci­eties. The traf­fic depart­ment is aware of this fact as they keep pa­trolling in the area. But we are un­able to un­der­stand why they are not tak­ing any ac­tion against it,” said Rakesh Sharma, 32, a res­i­dent of Vashi.

“A jog­gers’ park should be only for jog­ging and not for park­ing ve­hi­cles by peo­ple from the nearby ar­eas. Ev­ery­one should un­der­stand this fact well. If parks and gar­dens are filled with ve­hi­cles where will peo­ple go spend time. We in­formed the traf­fic of­fi­cials about it sev­eral times ear­lier, but to no avail,” said Man­jiri Joshi, 45, an­other res­i­dent.

Se­nior of­fi­cer from Vashi traf­fic divi­sion said, “We can un­der­stand the prob­lem faced by the jog­gers. Be­cause of in­suf­fi­cient park­ing lots in the nearby ar­eas, peo­ple have to park their ve­hi­cles there. So tak­ing strict ac­tion against the owner of the ve­hi­cles is also not a so­lu­tion. We are dis­cussing the mat­ter with civic au­thor­i­ties to find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Cars parked along the road at Mini Seashore.

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