Pune : deccan express – Pune | The traffic police usually take direct action against illegally parked vehicles. Citizens visiting Hadapsar area are literally being penalised for no fault. In fact, there is no public parking space in the area. Frequent action by the traffic police in the absence of parking lots has invited people’s ire.
Hadapsar is a big market place in the east of the city. Many government offices, PMC’s ward office, various banks, hospitals, shops of essentials are located in this area. These establishments are spread along the Pune-Solapur highway. Hence, many villagers from the nearby areas also visit Hadapsar daily.
Commuters use public transport and also use their own vehicles in large numbers. However, there are no public parking spaces in the area to accommodate these vehicles. To add to their woes, nearby open spaces where commuters could easily park their vehicles have been marked as ‘No Parking’ zones by the municipal administration.
There are no designated parking areas in Hadapsar. Hence, the traffic police lift or tow hundreds of vehicles parked on the stretch of the main road from the traffic police branch office to Manjari Phata.
Numerous people visiting the area for some minor work also suffer. They are seen arguing with the traffic police personnel and with persons hired to lift or tow vehicles. Some commuters park their vehicles in the area and use public transport to go to their workplaces elsewhere. They worry about their vehicles as they fear action by the traffic police. It is mandatory to pay penalties for illegal parking using debit cards only, which many people may not carry or possess. Cash penalty is not accepted. Time is wasted to arrange to pay fines. People miss their appointments or get late to reach their workplaces or homes.
Citizens have been demanding public parking spaces in Hadapsar. However, the civic body and the police do not seem to be taking it seriously.
There is a parking facility on even and odd dates on lanes and bylanes in the heart of the city also. However, why a crowded locality such as Hadapsar cannot have such a facility, asked citizens.
When contacted, Hadapsar Traffic police branch Senior PI Manisha Zende said, “The PMC has not provided public parking space in Hadapsar. This is causing inconvenience to commuters. We have suggested some places to the civic body, where 200 two-wheelers and some cars can be parked. We have surveyed such areas, along with public representatives and civic officials. If this proposal is executed, the parking problem can be solved to a certain extent. It is likely to be solved soon.”
Commenting on the issue, Hadapsar-Mundhwa Ward Office Assistant Municipal Commissioner Prasad Katkar said, “Public parking places are being fixed after considering suggestions made by the traffic police. Even and odd parking can be implemented on the unused cycle track along the main road. A proposal in this regard has been sent to the PMC after discussions with public representatives and the traffic PI. A decision will be taken soon.”
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