Sequel to HC directive to improve things

Action to be initiated against roadside vendors

Commuters face problems due to lack of parking places

CUTTACK: Admonished by the Orissa High Court, the city police have decided to act tough against illegal parking and encroachments in the city from Friday. Speaking to newsmen here on Thursday, city DCP S.Praveen Kumar informed that hefty fines would be imposed on illegal parking and vehicles parked on unauthorised places would be towed by cranes.

Expressing grave concern over the poor traffic system in the city, the Orissa High Court had warned the city DCP and two senior police inspectors on Wednesday giving them only two weeks time to set right the system. The police officers were summoned to the court and were admonished by the bench of Justice B.P. Das and Justice M.M. Das.

Praveen Kumar said that the roads connecting between High Court to Chandi Mandir via Chandini Chowk, Sati Choura to Biju Patnaik Chowk via Kanika road and Choudhury Bazar to Gouri Shankar Park via Balu Bazar would be cleared from Friday. Similarly, on the eastern side of the city from Link Road to Ranihat via Badambadi would also be on focus to clear the traffic.

Illegal parking

The illegally parked vehicles to be lifted by the cranes would be dumped at the reserve police ground in Buxi Bazar from where the owners would be allowed to release their vehicles after paying the vehicle chalan report (VCR) fines and towing charges, Praveen Kumar informed.

He also informed that actions would also be initiated against the roadside vendors who are trading by erecting makeshift kiosks encroaching upon the roads. At least two sections of force and four senior police officers of the city including the staff of the local police stations would be deployed for the drive against illegal parking in the city from Friday, sources said.

But the pertinent question now being raised is for how long the police drive would continue. A similar exercise was undertaken by the city police here few days ago. But it had to be stopped mid-way after massive protest by the people since the city does not have sufficient parking places.

Against a requirement of some 50 parking places, the city has only 14 specified places for which the commuters face untold miseries. There are even some markets located in crowded places where no parking space is available. “Under these circumstances, the proposed drive by the police is sure to face complication again and the drive would not be a success until proper parking spaces are not identified”, said the city CPM leader Subash Singh.