Illegal parking near pond irks Ganpati devotees
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.”