Give park­ing nearby, not in Wadala, BPCL tells state

Mid Day - - CITY - FAISAL TANDEL faisal.tandel@mid-day.com

LORRY trou­bles seem to have parked them­selves with the Bharat Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd (BPCL). A day af­ter mid-day pub­lished a re­port on the il­le­gal park­ing of trucks con­tain­ing LPG and oil near its Chem­bur re­fin­ery, it was re­vealed BPCL ap­proached the state ur­ban de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment a week ago to re­quest them to al­lot a park­ing space near the re­fin­ery, in­stead of giv­ing one in Wadala. How­ever, it hasn’t re­ceived a re­ply to that re­quest yet.

A se­nior BPCL of­fi­cial said, “With the park­ing is­sue lead­ing to prob­lems in the nearby res­i­den­tial area and school, we have ap­proached the state ur­ban de­vel­op­ment de­part­ment, and re­quested them to al­lot a space for the ve­hi­cles near the re­fin­ery to al­low easy ac­cess.”

Po­ten­tially harm­ful

In the Novem­ber 14 re­port ti­tled ‘Lorry and be­hold, a po­ten­tial mishap’, mid-day high­lighted how the il­le­gally parked trucks that come for re­fills at the re­fin­ery, are pos­ing a threat to res­i­dents of the area and a school in the wake of the Mono­rail mishap. The of­fi­cial added, “The ve­hi­cles are al­lowed to park at the Wadala truck ter­mi­nus, but it is a long route that is filled with traf­fic. We have asked the traf­fic de­part­ment to let the ve­hi­cles use the free­way from Wadala to Mysore Colony, so they can reach on time.”

How­ever, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the Mumbai po­lice said the Wadala truck ter­mi­nus too is not a safe place to park. “The ter­mi­nus is also sur­rounded with con­struc­tion and is in the heart of the city. [Park­ing there] will re­sult in fur­ther traf­fic and con­ges­tion prob­lems for the res­i­dents. The ve­hi­cles were pre­vi­ously al­lowed to park in­side the re­fin­ery, but were dis­al­lowed fol­low­ing a mishap.”

An al­ter­na­tive?

Mean­while, lo­cal ac­tivists and po­lice of­fi­cials have sug­gested to gov­ern­ment bod­ies to al­low park­ing at the Oc­troi Naka near Mankhurd. “The Oc­troi Naka is close and the space is va­cant. The open space is also out of the city lim­its and has an en­try and exit. If the gov­ern­ment takes a de­ci­sion, it would be a bet­ter park­ing space,” said the se­nior of­fi­cial.

mid-day’s Novem­ber 14 re­port

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