A major cause for traffic woes is unauthorised parking on the roads, especially in case of apartments which are multiplying unchecked by the GHMC. Unauthorised penthouses depriving regular occupants of the right to terrace are being let out and tenants use the road as a permanent parking place blocking the flow of traffic. At least the traffic police should act promptly when a complaint is lodged instead of the ‘chalta hai’ attitude.
Domalguda. Dear Subramaniam,
Wrong parking is the bane of the city. We had highlighted this on the very first ‘Violation Free Day’. We are trying to reclaim the carriage-way by penalising drivers for wrong parking. Such vehicles are lifted by cranes or their wheels are clamped if the driver is not available on the spot.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic)
I wish the RTC bus drivers and auto drivers be given identity cards so that erring ones can be identified for rude behaviour and traffic violations. This would deter unauthorised persons from driving the vehicles. Strict implementation of lane system on important roads must be enforced and violators be penalised.
Motorists never honk in USA. Vehicles ply one behind the other honouring the ‘lane’ rule. There is no overtaking as such. I suggest the police install pedestrian crossing signals on important roads at points like hospitals and likewise erect speed breakers on either side of the pedestrian crossings so that vehicles do not flout the rules.
B. Rajendra Prasad,
Ramakrishnapuram. Dear Prasad,
We are trying to create an awareness about lane driving. Recent notification and a follow up press release are steps in this direction. We are going to focus on lane driving during the next “Violation Free Day” on May 1, 2008. We are also getting suggestions for improving traffic situation in the city through newspapers and e-mails.
Work is on by the GHMC for setting up foot over-bridges and completing road markings for pedestrian safety. We keep examining the need for opening up vents in dividers. GHMC has been addressed to give an opening under the Masab Tank flyover between JNTU and the petrol pump for U-turn towards Mahavir Hospital. But it may not be feasible to give an opening everywhere. We need to think more in terms of saving time through smooth movement of traffic rather than short cuts which obstruct movement.
I suggest privatisation of traffic management at some junctions and important stretches like Ameerpet-Punjagutta and hope it would reduce the traffic woes. This model would aim at creating more jobs and more revenue while still maintaining the integrity of the Police Department.
Detroit, America Dear Surendra,
The model you have suggested is going to be in place in certain busy areas of Hyderabad, shortly. Depending on its success, it could be replicated elsewhere.
Advocates park their vehicles on either side of the High Court, i.e., on the road leading to Nayapul, on the road from Madina Hotel to City College, turning a blind eye to the ‘No Parking Zone/ Towing Zone’ sign board. The policemen too turn a blind eye to this but lose no opportunity to penalise innocent civilians on the slightest violation.
Chelapura. Dear Kumar,
I wish you had sent photos with date and time when you noticed vehicles parked at wrong places. We could have booked them. We have addressed the concerned to stop such haphazard parking on all sides around the High Court. We are ready to consider single row on-street parking in certain areas, including colonies, where people do not have any other alternative.