Odd-even parking at New Panvel to decongest roads
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.