Cars spill on to roads as mo­torists in­sist on dou­ble park­ing in sec­tor 9

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: The mar­ket in sec­tor 9, Vashi, is un­der­stand­ably crowded all through the day. What is not jus­ti­fied, how­ever, is the chaos that is cre­ated on the road out­side the mar­ket be­cause of il­le­gal park­ing by er­rant mo­torists.

The mar­ket, where veg­eta­bles and fruits are sold, is sit­u­ated across the road from sec­tor 15-16 mar­ket. In fact, peo­ple look­ing for jew­ellery, gar­ments and other house­hold items also find their way to this mini-mar­ket.

How­ever, in their haste to shop, mo­torists are of­ten found to be park­ing il­le­gally and block­ing the way for other ve­hi­cles pass­ing through the area. Dou­ble park­ing is another rea­son that causes traf­fic con­ges­tion in the area.

“Sec­tor 9 is a very busy place as it is a mar­ket area. I have been work­ing here for the last 10 years, but there is no respite from the traf­fic con­ges­tion that is caused by hap­haz­ardly parked ve­hi­cles,” said Tinga Pari, who works in a re­tail shop in the area. “We have even re­quested the traf­fic po­lice to find a so­lu­tion, but there have been no con­crete so­lu­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to shop­keep­ers in the area, road works were also a part of the prob­lem. Not only does it in­con­ve­nience pedes­tri­ans, but also leaves no space left for park­ing.

Himesh Ku­mar, who works at Prince shop in sec­tor 9, said, “Peo­ple must be en­cour­aged to use pub­lic trans­port. By in­creas­ing the num­ber of buses or even shut­tle ser­vices, pri­vate ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing the area can be re­duced.”

“My hus­band is wait­ing in the car, which has been parked along the road as I shop for veg­eta­bles. As there is no park­ing space, he has had to re­sort to dou­ble park­ing,” said Shee­tal Kol­luri, a cus- tomer at the mar­ket. “There is lit­tle we can do about it, and it is for the au­thor­i­ties to make plans to pro­vide space for park­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vi­jay Patil, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) there was no so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

“Dou­ble park­ing is the main prob­lem in the area. On the left hand side start­ing from the fire brigade to the sta­tion to the Gaon Devi tem­ple, there are some des­ig­nated pay-and-parks, but peo­ple still in­sist on park­ing on the road. I have even seen peo­ple from the nearby hous­ing so­ci­eties park­ing on the main road in sec­tor 9,” he said.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Hap­haz­ardly parked cars cover a part of the road and of­ten dis­rupt traf­fic in the busy area.

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