Amid irregularly parked cars in Jor Bagh lanes and outside the Paryavaran Bhawan (ministry of environment office) a group of residents held placards that said, ‘Don’t spoil our paryavaran (environment), stop parking on Jor Bagh roads’.
Residents allege that more than 200 vehicles belonging to Paryavaran Bhawan visitors, employees and other contractual staff are parked illegally on the arterial road often blocking entry to their houses. Jor Bagh residents may again take to roads on Wednesday to bring attention to the traffic chaos that is disturbing the peace of the colony.
“Almost every day I have to go outside and request people to move their vehicles. Most often it turns into a brawl and we end up calling the cops. The traffic police had installed tow-away warning signs, but those are either torn away or ignored,” said VP Soni, resident.
There were more than five boards installed marking the area as a tow-away zone, according to the traffic police. After repeated complaints by residents of adjoining government quarters, the NDMC had constructed concrete poles to keep vehicles from parking in the colony, but the residents who live along the main road, next to the Jor Bagh Metro station are still awaiting a solution. Residents allege that more than 10-15 cars are parked outside their houses on a regular working day.
“These roads cannot be used for parking. Outsiders use our colony roads despite the fact that there is adequate parking space inside the Bhavan. We have written to the environment ministry several times but to no avail. Our complaints to the traffic police have got no result,” said Chandrima Shah, president, Jor Bagh Association.
Many residents complain that drivers play cricket and cards in their colony parks and feel that the security of their colony is thereby jeopardised. On Second Avenue too, alongside houses number 222 and 223, the road is being used as a parking lot by tourist buses and private taxis. With two taxi stands, several hawkers, a Chinese van, a Post Office and a toilet on the cross road of the second avenue, the area can’t afford to have any more pressure by illegally parked vehicles of Paryavaran Bhawan employees.
“We have instructed our employees to get the Paryavaran Bhawan stickers and park their cars inside the campus. There were instructions for visitors not to leave their cars outside the office for more than five minutes. It sure is a traffic nuisance but is impossible to keep a tab on individuals,” said RP Singh, administration head, Paryavaran Bhawan.
“This is their personal matter and we have no reason to intervene. The parking takes place on the roads and the spillover goes into their colonies,” said a senior police officer.