Staff Reporter

Corporation council to discuss traffic issues

KOCHI: The City Traffic Police are going ahead with the strict implementation of parking zones, even as efforts to identify proper parking facilities are in limbo.

The corporation and the City Police started an effort some time ago to identify sites that could be converted to ‘pay and park’ spots. After initial enthusiasm waned, there was not much talk about the drive.

“This drive was dropped halfway. Even otherwise the council has a complaint that the police are implementing traffic reforms without consulting the civic body. This was communicated to the police officials many times,” said Mayor Mercy Williams.

But even the Mayor has no solution in sight for the issue. “We might convene a special council soon to discuss the traffic issues. Otherwise, the police should request us to revive the drive,” she said.

The plight of those coming into the city was evident in an instance where a police recovery van towed away a vehicle parked along the road at Ravipuram the other day, when the display board installed by the corporation detailing the parking fees was nearby.

Police officials maintain that they remove vehicles that are causing traffic obstruction, even when parked in allowed zones. “Parallel parking is still allowed in M.G. Road. We are now concentrating on vehicles that are parked diagonally or obstructively at U-turns,” said K.J. Francis Shelby, Circle Inspector, City Traffic (West).

The police are using that justification to clear vehicles from M.G. Road and Sahodaran Ayyappan Road.

At the same time, the police turn a blind eye towards blatant violation of the parking regulations along Park Avenue. There are designated parking zones on the western side of the road. But many vehicles could be seen parked along the eastern side, even under the “no parking” signs near Maharaja’s College and the district court complex. But the recovery vans are never used on this stretch.