Pune: It’s not rare to see double-parking of cars on the ever-busy MG Road in the camp area. But not on Saturday. In a special drive carried out by traffic police, 300 vehicles faced action for double parking, in a span of less than six hours.
The traffic police department had deputed more than 20 traffic cops to nab drivers who parked their vehicles illegally. Even though the traffic cops fined over 300 vehicle, it made little impact, as the indisciplined drivers took to double-parking once again, as soon as the traffic cops left the area.
With an aim to streamline the vehicular movement on the MG road, the city traffic police carried out a drive against vehicles that have been illegally parked. About two months ago, the traffic department had send a proposal to the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB), suggesting that residents of the area should use alternative areas such as East Street and Elphinstone Road to park their vehicle. This drive was carried out as the traffic police did not receive any reply from the PCB.
The residents and shopkeepers of the area claimed that these drives will not have any impact unless the traffic police charges hefty amounts as fine or conducts such checks on a daily basis.
Ali Jamnagarwala (32), owner of Big baggage on MG road said, “The traffic police should install no halting board on MG Road. If any vehicle is caught double-parking, they should pay a fine of Rs400 or more.”
Unni Krishna (62), manager of CT Pundole and sons said, “Lack of parking spaces on the MG Road forces people to double-park. Because of this, most of my customers have stopped coming to my shop.”
Mahadev Lavangar (62), resident of MG Road said, “It is a complete mess especially during the weekends. There is no place left for the vehicle to move freely, as there is inadequate place for vehicle parking. I hardly take out my car, as I fear that i will not get parking and I will have to wait till 10 pm to find some place to park my vehicle.”
The traffic police department claims that the drive will be a continuous effort, and they will intensify action during the weekends as majority cases of double-parkinghappens then.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Vishwas Pandhare said, “The residents and the shopkeepers of the area have been raising the issue for quite some time now. Looking at the response from the drive, we will continue the drive.”