Con­gested roads force DTC buses to shift routes, res­i­dents take long walk

As ve­hi­cles are parked on both sides of the road, DTC driv­ers take de­tour in­con­ve­nienc­ing to pas­sen­gers

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ro­han Agar­wal Cor­re­spon­[email protected]­

New Delhi: The dou­ble-park­ing sit­u­a­tion in Malviya Na­gar has clogged this south Delhi lo­cal­ity so much that DTC buses have been forced to change routes. Res­i­dents liv­ing close to the main mar­ket are the most af­fected and se­nior cit­i­zens are forced to walk long dis­tances to avail of the bus ser­vice.

A cru­cial block is that the lo­ca­tion ear­marked for multi-level com­mer­cial park­ing has not yet been cleared for con­struc­tion.

Res­i­dents com­plain that South Delhi Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (SDMC) had ap­proved park­ing on east side of the road, but the con­trac­tor as­signed for the work has been al­low­ing park­ing on both sides of the roads to earn more money.

This leaves very lit­tle space for ve­hi­cles to pass, and some­times, even for pedes­tri­ans who find two and four-wheel­ers parked on foot­paths.

The re-rout­ing of DTC buses throws up more chal­lenges. “Ini­tially, the buses would pass through the main mar­ket,” says Ashok Prabhakar, a res­i­dent of Malviya Na­gar, “but after some buses got trapped within the con­gested roads, driv­ers stopped com­ing in­side.”

While the lo­ca­tion for the multi-level park­ing is still not cleared for con­struc­tion in Malviya Na­gar, the DTC buses are forced to change their routes as the roads have been oc­cu­pied by unau­tho­rised park­ing. This has forced the res­i­dents, es­pe­cially se­nior cit­i­zens, to walk a long dis­tance to avail the bus ser­vices.

Al­though the res­i­dents across the Malviya Na­gar area have been fac­ing the heat of il­le­gal park­ing, those liv­ing near the main mar­ket com­plained that they are faced with the worst sit­u­a­tion as unau­tho­rised park­ing is con­cerned. The res­i­dents com­plained that the SDMC had ap­proved park­ing on the east side of the road, but the con­trac­tor as­signed the work has been al­low­ing park­ing on both sides of the roads to earn more money.

This unau­tho­rised park­ing on both sides of the roads has left very lit­tle space for other ve­hi­cles to pass. How­ever, the prob­lems re­sult­ing from this are be­ing faced by the com­mon peo­ple.

Se­nior cit­i­zens who have been us­ing the DTC bus ser­vice to com­mute com­plained that due to the con­gested roads the bus driv­ers have changed their routes and the res­i­dents have been forced to walk a long dis­tance to catch the buses now.

“Ini­tially, the buses used to pass through the main mar­ket but after some buses were trapped in the con­gested roads, the driv­ers have now stopped com­ing in­side, forc­ing se­nior cit­i­zens like me to walk a long dis­tance,” said Ashok Prabhakar, a res­i­dent of Malviya Na­gar.

How­ever, the res­i­dents claimed that the au­thor­i­ties have been aware of the sit­u­a­tion as they had reg­is­tered their com­plaint with the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Meenakshi Lekhi who had vis­ited the lo­cal­ity last year in May.

“We had told Lekhi about the sit­u­a­tion and for the so­lu­tion she had also promised the con­struc­tion of mul­ti­storey park­ing to help de­con­gest the roads,” said Vin­net Kashyap, a res­i­dent of Malviya Na­gar, E-Block.

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