Park­ing mess back near Niza­mud­din po­lice stn

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram / Delhi - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

› This stretch has be­come a traf­fic night­mare mainly be­cause of ve­hi­cles parked on the sides, auto­rick­shaws halt­ing in search of pas­sen­gers and hawkers and pedes­tri­ans jay­walk­ing PRAKHAR SINHA, res­i­dent

The traf­fic mess near the Niza­mud­din po­lice sta­tion just re­fuses to end.

While ear­lier im­pounded ve­hi­cles ly­ing out­side the po­lice sta­tion were caus­ing a traf­fic night­mare, now il­le­gally parked pri­vate ve­hi­cles are giv­ing com­muters a tough time.

Prod­ded by a Supreme Court bench or­der on July 27, the po­lice had ear­lier re­moved seized ve­hi­cles out­side the Niza­mud­din po­lice sta­tion.

But when HT vis­ited the spot on Fri­day, rows of cars were seen parked il­le­gally.

The ve­hi­cles had oc­cu­pied an en­tire lane on both car­riage­ways right un­der the nose of the po­lice, caus­ing a bot­tle­neck on the busy ar­te­rial road, which trig­gered traf­fic jams.

The fes­ti­val rush along with the in­flow of devo­tees at the Niza­mud­din dar­gah fur­ther clogged the stretch in the evening hours.

In its July or­der, the court had or­dered Delhi Po­lice to clear the im­pounded ve­hi­cles, the rea­son for traf­fic snarls at the nearby round­about.

The bench had come down hard on the po­lice’s ‘in­abil­ity’ to fix en­croach­ments, which had be­come the “cap­i­tal’s em­bar­rass­ment”.

Fol­low­ing the or­ders, the po­lice had in Oc­to­ber come out with a new pol­icy to min­imise traf­fic bot­tle­necks caused by a high vol­ume of im­pounded ve­hi­cles parked out­side po­lice sta­tions in dif­fer­ent parts of Delhi.

For the most part of Fri­day evening, when HT vis­ited the Niza­mud­din round­about and the spot out­side the po­lice sta­tion, the vi­o­la­tion went un­no­ticed.

Traf­fic po­lice only started fin­ing the own­ers of the ve­hi­cles in late evening when the traf­fic snarls had in­ten­si­fied.

Po­lice of­fi­cials at the spot said Fri­day’s traf­fic jam was mainly a re­sult of the devotee rush and peo­ple fre­quent­ing lo­cal restau­rants be­fore the week­end.

“This stretch has be­come a traf­fic night­mare mainly be­cause of ve­hi­cles parked on the sides, auto-rick­shaws halt­ing in search of pas­sen­gers and hawkers and pedes­tri­ans jay­walk­ing on the road, ig­nor­ing a sub­way. There is never a po­lice­man man­ning this sec­tion,” said Prakhar Sinha, a res­i­dent of nearby Jang­pura Ex­ten­sion.

The po­lice, how­ever, said fre­quent drives are con­ducted to clear the stretch of il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles.

“Il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles are reg­u­larly im­pounded and chal­laned. We have traf­fic con­sta­bles out­side the po­lice sta­tion to en­sure traf­fic move­ment is not af­fected,” said joint com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) Alok Ku­mar.

The Niza­mud­din round­about is an im­por­tant link be­tween cen­tral, east and south Delhi. This stretch sees high traf­fic vol­ume mov­ing to­wards Lodhi Road, La­j­pat Na­gar, Ashram and Noida.

SANCHIT KHANNA/HT

■ Ve­hi­cles parked hap­haz­ardly out­side the Niza­mud­din po­lice sta­tion on Fri­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.