Odd-even park­ing at New Pan­vel to de­con­gest roads

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

The traf­fic depart­ment has pro­posed an odd/ even park­ing at sec­tor 16 in New Pan­vel near Ganga co-op hous­ing so­ci­ety and Asha co-op hous­ing so­ci­ety.

The 22x120 feet road is used for hap­haz­ard park­ing by the res­i­dents of nearby so­ci­eties and stu­dents of Pil­lai Col­lege and Vis­pute Col­lege who abruptly park their two wheel­ers and four wheel­ers.

The un­ruly park­ing is a ma­jor cause of the reg­u­lar traf­fic chaos in the area. To solve the park­ing woes, the traf­fic depart­ment has pro­posed an odd/even park­ing in plot no 13, op­po­site the Ganga co-op hous­ing so­ci­ety and Asha co-op hous­ing so­ci­ety.

Res­i­dents said the area is al­ways cramped with ve­hi­cles parked hap­haz­ardly, oc­cu­py­ing most of the road. “Mo­torists do not fol­low park­ing rules. Young­sters bring their ve­hi­cles to the col­lege and park it on the road. Res­i­dents from the nearby so­ci­eties do not have much park­ing space in­side their com­plexes and hence park their two wheel­ers and four wheel­ers on this road ad­ding to the jam,” said Pradip Ku­mar, 31, res­i­dent of New Pan­vel.

Of­fi­cials from the traf­fic depart­ment have asked for sug­ges­tions from the res­i­dents of the area within 8 days from Thurs­day. They can drop in the sug­ges­tions at the traf­fic head­quar­ters, 7th floor at Konkan Bha­van at sec­tor 10, Be­la­pur.

The odd/even scheme was pro­posed in Navi Mumbai af­ter its suc­cess in Delhi. The sim­i­lar scheme has been ap­plied in other nodes like Vashi, Nerul and Airoli. It is the first time that this has been pro­posed in New Pan­vel.

The plan states that ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed to park only on one side of the road on a given day. On even days (2, 4, 6, 8..), cars could only be parked on right side of the road and on odd days (1, 3,5, 7..), cars be al­lowed to park only on the left side of the road.

The road stretch will be marked with right/left in­di­ca­tor to avoid con­fu­sion. “The odd-even park­ing ac­tu­ally helps in bring­ing dis­ci­pline amongst the mo­torists, who have a ten­dency to hap­haz­ardly park their ve­hi­cles thereby cre­at­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion due to ob­sta­cles in ve­hic­u­lar move­ment, es­pe­cially in pub­lic places and nar­row by­lanes,” said Arvind Salve, DCP traf­fic, Navi Mumbai traf­fic depart­ment. How­ever, the rule shall not be manda­tory for emer­gency ve­hi­cles like fire ten­ders, po­lice vans and jeeps and hospi­tal am­bu­lance and so on.

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