No en­try for heavy ve­hi­cles dur­ing peak hours


Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Pad­mja Sinha

KALYAN: The pres­i­dent of the Auto Rick­shaw Taxi Union, Prakash Penkar, had planned a protest at traf­fic po­lice of­fice on Fri­day in wake of in­creas­ing traf­fic and poor man­age­ment.

How­ever, the protest was called off af­ter traf­fic cops agreed to one of his de­mands im­me­di­ately. The union’s de­mand of no en­try into the city dur­ing peak hours was agreed.

“En­try to ve­hi­cles with more than four wheels and mul­ti­ax­ial ve­hi­cles should be banned in Kalyan and they should be di­verted through other routes along with a fixed en­try time,” said Penkar.

The traf­fic cops have is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion say­ing ‘both mul­ti­ax­ial as well as other heavy ve­hi­cles are al­lowed only af­ter 8pm on city roads like Lal Chowk, Shivaji Chowk and sta­tion road, also the ve­hi­cles have to The prob­lem of en­try of heavy ve­hi­cle has been solved im­me­di­ately and will be in ef­fect from Sat­ur­day but for other de­mand author­i­ties have taken a month’s time.

To­tal num­ber of auto rick­shaws in twin city - ply through the diver­sions sug­gested by traf­fic cops present on the spot.”

The prob­lem of in­creas­ing traf­fic has plagued Kalyan for a long time and even com­muters have com­plained about the men­ace time and again. De­spite re­peated com­plaints, no cor­rec­tive mea­sures have been taken by the author­i­ties. Fol­low­ing this,

Penkar put for­ward his de­mands and has given a month’s time to the author­i­ties to in­crease traf­fic con­sta­bles man­ning traf­fic at prime ar­eas in the city and crack on il­le­gal au­tos.

Ac­cord­ing to Penkar, heavy ve­hi­cles are to be blamed for the daily traf­fic, which lasts for more than two hours. The ar­eas like Lal Chowk, Sah­janand Chowk, Shivaji Chowk, Bail Bazar, Sub­hash Chowk and sta­tion road are the worst af­fected. These are the ma­jor roads con­nect­ing city and heavy ve­hi­cles leads to bot­tle neck traf­fic dur­ing peak hours.

“With most of the rick­shaws stuck in traf­fic dur­ing peak hours, peo­ple don’t get au­tos due to which they get late for their des­ti­na­tion. The driv­ers have been com­plain­ing about the is­sue for long a time, hence we have taken up the mat­ter with the traf­fic depart­ment for im­me­di­ate in­ter­ven­tion,” added Penkar.

Apart from heavy ve­hi­cles, Penkar is also miffed with the traf­fic author­i­ties for poor man­age­ment in prime ar­eas of the city. He said “Ev­ery time we ask for in­creased num­ber of traf­fic cops to man traf­fic in prime ar­eas they say that they are short staffed, which com­pletely re­flects on traf­fic man­age­ment of the city.”

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