TRAFFIC POLICE START REMOVING VEHICLES FROM UNDER FLYOVERS
Traffic police have initiated a drive against parking of vehilces under the flyovers, which is banned.
The instructions for the drive were given by deputy commissioner of police ( traffic) Arvind Salve on Thursday. The instructions came following a court order in this regard to Maharashtra government.
Salve said, “Action has been taken against 67 vehilces that were parked illegally under the flyovers in the city. A fine of Rs6,200 was collected from them.”
The government had first decided in 2008 that parking will not be allowed under the flyovers. In 2012, the high court had first ordered that pay and park facilities and parking under flyovers not be allowed as it posed grave security risk.
The response from the state was not satisfactory and so on February 8, the court gave the state government three months to ensure there is no parking under flyovers in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai.
The court has asked the government to approach it if it plans to change it order vis-à-vis the parking policy. Till then, the ban will stay. Mahesh Lal, a Vashi resident, said: “The area under Vashi flyover is completely empty now unlike a few days back when there were a number of vehicles parked here. It certainly seems safer now, as this is a strategically important flyover.”
Salve added, “I have instructed all branches of the traffic department in the city to ensure that there is no more illegal parking and to take immediate action if they come across any such instance.”