This hos­pi­tal gate dou­bles up as a park­ing lot

Am­bu­lances with pa­tients have to ma­noeu­vre through a nar­row road where ve­hi­cles are hap­haz­ardly parked, to make their way into the hos­pi­tal

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VASHI: For the thou­sands of pa­tients try­ing to make their way into the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Co­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) hos­pi­tal in Vashi each day, nav­i­gat­ing through the traf­fic near the gate in­ten­si­fies their suf­fer­ing.

The rea­son for this chaos is pre­dom­i­nantly the hap­haz­ardly parked ve­hi­cles along the nar­row roads in the area. De­spite no-park­ing sig­nages be­ing put up, mo­torists con­tinue to park in the lane out­side the hos­pi­tal, caus­ing pa­tients to have a har­row­ing time.

Also sit­u­ated in the area are the St Mary’s school and col­lege and a small church.

With hun­dreds of school and col­lege stu­dents go­ing in and out of school in the morn­ings and evenings, there is lit­tle place to even stand on the road dur­ing peak hours. School buses, pri­vate vans and par­ents who come to drop off or pick up their chil­dren only add to the traf­fic con­ges­tion, the ef­fect of which can be felt for hours. Of­ten, il­le­gally parked two-and four-wheel­ers on both sides of the road have been found to block the way for am­bu­lances.

“It is very dif­fi­cult to get the am­bu­lance in­side the hos­pi­tal dur­ing peak hours. There are ve­hi­cles parked on both sides of the road and at times, there is dou­ble park­ing. The lit­tle space that is left is full of pedes­tri­ans. The sit­u­a­tion is very stress­ful for us when we a pa­tient need to get im­me­di­ate med­i­cal at­ten­tions,” said Anu­pam Bhore, the driver of an am­bu­lance at the hos­pi­tal. “Peo­ple are very care­less and park in front of the main gate,” he said.

Mo­torists who fre­quent the area said they were help­less be­cause of the ab­sence of pay-and-park fa­cil­i­ties. “There are no park­ing lots where peo­ple can park, and this leaves them with few op­tions. We are all look­ing for a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion,” said Su­jata Patil, a teacher at St Mary’s.

Res­i­dents, too, said they were wait­ing for a so­lu­tion to the mess. Girish Shukla, who lives in the area, said, “Per­haps, au­thor­i­ties should re­strict the en­try of heavy ve­hi­cles on the road. Not only will this save park­ing space, but also help de­con­gest the area.”

How­ever, chances of find­ing a way out seem bleak. “There is no prob­lem in the area, ex­cept when stu­dents en­ter and leave school. At th­ese times, there are al­ter­na­tive en­trances that the am­bu­lances can use. There is noth­ing that any­one can do to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion; Cidco should have en­vi­sioned the prob­lem when al­lot­ting space to the ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes,” said Vi­jay Patil, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (traf­fic) “In the fu­ture, sin­gle en­try roads should not be given to schools.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The no-park­ing signs that have been put up in the area have had no ef­fect on il­le­gal park­ing out­side the civic hos­pi­tal.

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