Foot­paths, roads used for park­ing at Vashi’s Sec­tor 17

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Res­i­dents of Vashi are bear­ing the brunt of the in­crease in ve­hi­cles at Sec­tor 17 of the node.

While park­ing is a ma­jor is­sue across the city, this is a per­sis­tent prob­lem at Sec­tor 17. One of the busiest ar­eas at all time of the day, Sec­tor 17 houses shop­ping out­lets, eater­ies, banks, of­fices and res­i­den­tial so­ci­eties. With hun­dreds of peo­ple vis­it­ing the place ev­ery day, park­ing has be­come a ma­jor prob­lem.

“Park­ing in sec­tor 17 Vashi is a ma­jor is­sue for last many years and there seems to be no so­lu­tion to it. Most of the time sin­gle lane be­comes dou­ble lane park­ing and it even gets triple at times due to the heavy rush and since there are no place to park the ve­hi­cles,” said Av­inash Manohar, 21 res­i­dent of Vashi. Res­i­dents said that of­ten when the lanes are crowded with four-wheel­ers, peo­ple park bikes on foot­path, cre­at­ing chaos.

“The en­tire f oot­path is en­croached upon and the safety of pedes­tri­ans is an is­sue. There are many parks in the area but of­ten se­nior cit­i­zens and chil­dren find it dif­fi­cult to walk through un­less guided by some­one,” said Niyati Jaswal, 31, an­other res­i­dent of Vashi.

Res­i­dents sug­gested that the

au­thor­i­ties make no- park­ing zones on by­lanes around MTNL of­fice, Vashi post of­fice zone and the sec­tor 17 lane so that mo­torists would be dis­ci­plined.

“Peo­ple have be­come used to park­ing their ve­hi­cles on the by­lanes and don’t want to park at the park­ing lot. The au­thor­i­ties should pro­hibit park­ing on the lanes which will co­erce mo­torists to park their ve­hi­cles in park­ing ar­eas only,” said Ra­jesh Son­a­vane, 27, res­i­dent of Vashi.

Traf­fic of­fi­cials said that their nu­mer­ous drives have not solved the prob­lem.

“Only sin­gle- lane park­ing is al­lowed here, but the area is scat­tered with ve­hi­cles on not just week­ends but week­days too. When there is no park­ing space avail­able, peo­ple park their ve­hi­cles on no-park­ing zones or foot­paths and pave­ments and the sit­u­a­tion is worse in the evenings,” said Arvind Salve, DCP traf­fic, Navi Mum­bai.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Ve­hi­cles parked on foot­path at Sec­tor 17 Vashi in Navi Mum­bai.

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