RTO, cops pro­pose odd-even rule for park­ing in Dom­bivli

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pad­mja Sinha pad­mja.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

To de­con­gest Dom­bivli’s in­fa­mous traf­fic, both the traf­fic po­lice and Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO) have pro­posed mea­sures like odd-even park­ing, fol­low­ing lane or­der and sep­a­rate queues for metered au­torick­shaws.

A fresh draft has also been made that will be dis­cussed with the Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) as a smart city plan.

If ap­proved, it will be im­ple­mented phase-wise. “Dom­bivli sta­tion premises as well as other ar­eas have mul­ti­ple traf­fic is­sues, in­clud­ing, ab­sence of traf­fic sig­nals, nar­row lanes, hap­haz­ard park­ing and en­croach­ment. Keep­ing all th­ese in view, we have pre­pared a rough draft plan to help city res­i­dents,” said traf­fic ACP Ravin­dra Wadekar.

This is not the first time when RTO and traf­fic cops have taken an ini­tia­tive to solve traf­fic woes. Last year, both de­part­ments talked to res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion of Kalyan and Dom­bivli about changes on busy roads. The pur­pose was achieved in Kalyan to some ex­tent as lane or­der and park­ing rules were fol­lowed. How­ever, Dom­bivli wit­nessed no im­prove­ment.

Wadekar added, “As the city lacks plan­ning, traf­fic prob­lems are bound to hap­pen. Our of­fi­cials keep a tab on traf­fic vi­o­la­tors, auto driv­ers re­fus­ing to take com­muters and not fol­low­ing rules but ev­ery­thing goes hay­wire dur­ing peak hours. This is be­cause of ab­sence of park­ing zones. We have re­quested the cor­po­ra­tion to build park­ing plaza and pro­posal is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.”

They are run­ning a pilot for the odd-even park­ing. “We have ini­ti­ated the odd-even park­ing (park­ing the ve­hi­cles on ei­ther side on al­ter­nate day, keep­ing one side free) nearby sta­tion, on trial ba­sis since a week and are get­ting good re­sponse,” the ACP said.

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