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
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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Residents even park on footpaths in the south Delhi locality