Il­le­gal park­ing near pond irks Gan­pati devo­tees

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com The road along Gan­pati ta­lav in Kopar Khairane.

Il­le­gal park­ing near the Gan­pati ta­lav (pond) at Kopar Khairane, sec­tor-19, has ap­peared to be the big­gest hur­dle while im­mers­ing the Gan­pati idols in the town.

Over 100 ve­hi­cles are parked on the road ad­ja­cent to the ta­lav and it cre­ates traf­fic snarls on the en­tire stretch. Res­i­dents from the nearby ar­eas also come and park their ve­hi­cles there at night. Thus, the num­ber of il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles goes up once it is dark.

The pond at sec­tor 19 is also one of the pop­u­lar hang­out places for res­i­dents. Apart from its wide jog­ging tracks, the site is equipped with gym equip­ment, places for yoga and benches. Dur­ing Gan­pati, devo­tees from the pe­riph­eral ar­eas also come here to im­merse idols.

“The num­ber of ve­hi­cles ply­ing on the road in­creases man­i­fold dur­ing this fes­ti­val. The roads in this area are not so wide. As al­most of the roads are oc­cu­pied by the il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles, pedes­tri­ans and mo­torists get lit­tle space for ma­noeu­vring,” said Harsh Patil, 24, a res­i­dent of sec­tor-19.

“Al­most 80 per cent of the build­ings in the gaothan ar­eas don’t have park­ing lots within their com­pounds. So the res­i­dents have no op­tion, but to park their cars. But we want some re­lief dur­ing this fes­ti­val,” said Ravi Jha­dav, 30, another res­i­dent.

“Noth­ing has been done to tow away the il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles ever since the be­gin­ning of the fes­ti­val,” he said.

AK Agi­vali, se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane traf­fic unit, said, “We have de­clared the en­tire area as nopark­ing zone on Septem­ber 9, 10, 11, and 15 for Gan­pati fes­ti­val. We also have some other plans which will be im­ple­mented per­ma­nently af­ter the fes­ti­val.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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