Nagpur: Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), which plans to create 75 pay-and-park zones in the city, is likely to be delayed because it didn’t involve traffic police when finalizing the parking zones. Recently, NMC approached DCP (traffic) to clarify the differences. “On May 23, NMC approached traffic police to request a notification declaring street parking in ten locations throughout the city. Sources say that the traffic police have yet to issue any notification. Comments were not possible from DCP (traffic), Sarang Awad.
Sources claim that Nagpur’s traffic police must conduct an in-depth study of its 10 traffic zones regarding the proposed street parking zones. This is in view of the growing vehicular traffic on city roads, and any infrastructure works such as the construction or expansion of Metro Rail routes, etc.
Sources claim that NMC neglected a key stakeholder, namely. traffic police. They stated that street parking zones were decided without considering traffic congestion, hawking zones and infrastructure issues like flyover constructions, etc.
Traffic cops stated that most of the NMC parking areas were located on busy roads, and therefore, they are not possible. Traffic would suffer if parking was allowed on busy roads.
Senior traffic police inspectors pointed out that “many of the 10 zones are already narrowed due to infrastructure works such as flyovers or Metro Rail.”
Traffic cops cited an example: They said that the area between Telephone Exchange Square and Chhapru Nagar Square, and Dhantoli zone Square to Congress NagarT-point, had already been compressed by Metro pillars. They pointed out that allowing pay-and-park will further reduce the road’s width.
Flyovers are being considered, but it is not possible to extend the stretch from Indora Square to Kamal Chowk or Bole Petrol Pump square and Law College Square. Traffic cops in the city pointed out that flyovers would reduce the number of roads.
Traffic activists stated that “Declaring them parking zones will cause more congestion.”
Traffic police quickly pointed out that this move will certainly reduce haphazard street parking along stretches such as Laxmi Bhawan Square and Ram Nagar, from Medical College Square and Kamgar Building Square to Krida Square.
ON STREET PARKING :
Bhajimandi Chowk, Orange City Hospital Chowk. Laxmi Bhawan Square, Ram Nagar Rotary. Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Square to VCA Stadium Chowk. Telephone Exchange Square to Chhapru Nagar Square. Jagnade Square and Telephone Exchange Square. Bol Petrol Pump to Law College Square. Medical Square to Kamgar Building Square (Baidyanath Square); Indora Square at Kamal Chowk. Medical Square on Krida Square.