Cops pro­pose sin­gle auto stand to un­clog city

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

DOM­BIVLI: To re­duce con­ges­tion on the eastern side of Dom­bivli rail­way sta­tion, traf­fic of­fi­cials have pro­posed a sin­gle au­torick­shaw stand to Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC).

Cur­rently, mul­ti­ple auto stands at the heav­ily-crowded sta­tion have ag­gra­vated the traf­fic woes.

The pro­posed cen­tralised stand at Patkar Road near the sky­walk has been in­spired from the one at Thane rail­way sta­tion. The traf­fic de­part­ment has co­or­di­nated with auto unions to pre­pare a white pa­per on the plan, which will be sub­mit­ted to the civic body.

Sta­tions near Dom­bivli have also been plagued by mul­ti­ple traf­fic is­sues such as lack of traf­fic sig­nals, nar­row lanes, hap­haz­ard and par­al­lel park­ing, and en­croach­ment.

“There are mul­ti­ple rick­shaw stands at Dom­bivli (east) which leads to bot­tle­neck traf­fic. We have thought about sin­gle au­torick­shaw stand for all ar­eas across the city. The rick­shaws

will have a ded­i­cated lane and peo­ple would fol­low queue or­der to re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion to a large ex­tent,” said Ravin­dra Wadekar, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic).

There is one taxi stand and seven to eight rick­shaw stands at Kelkar Road, Indira Gandhi Chowk, Nehru Road, Fateh Ali Road and Ra­jaji Path. Among these only one stand is le­gal while oth­ers have been il­le­gally func­tion­ing for a long time.

“When it comes to pro­vid­ing bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture to Dom­bivli res­i­dents, the cor­po­ra­tion lacks con­vic­tion. Till now, all mea­sures to un­clog the area re­main only on pa­per,” said Bhag­wan Mal­lik, 49, a Man­pada res­i­dent from Dom­bivli.

“The sit­u­a­tion be­comes worse dur­ing peak hours as it takes more than 45 min­utes to ride through the area. Driv­ers park their rick­shaws and ve­hi­cles at their whims and fan­cies. Lit­tle has changed in the last six years, thanks to in­ex­orable ap­a­thy from au­thor­i­ties,” said Rad­hika Patil, 27, a Gandhi Chowk res­i­dent.

The traf­fic po­lice and rick­shaw unions are hope­ful that the cen­tralised auto stand will help un­clog the west­ern side of the sta­tion too and af­ter dis­cus­sion with the civic com­mis­sioner and of­fi­cials work will be un­der­taken.

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