Parking mess back near Nizamuddin police stn
› 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.
■ Vehicles parked haphazardly outside the Nizamuddin police station on Friday.