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Govt for more car parks but will it solve traffic congestion?

dehradun Updated: Aug 09, 2017 20:33 IST
Nihi Sharma
Covered in dust, cars remain parked inside the Commercial Complex in Dehradun for months.

Covered in dust, cars remain parked inside the Commercial Complex in Dehradun for months. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT)

DEHRADUN: The Uttarakhand government thinks car parks will ease traffic congestion in urban areas but Dehradun presents a sorry picture despite having several such facilities.

Recently, urban development minister Madan Kaushik sought proposals from urban local bodies for identifying areas where car parks can come up in their areas. There are six municipal corporations, and 43 municipal council and an equal number of nagar panchayats in the state.

One of the reasons for the traffic mess is the ever growing population of vehicles. Uttarakhand with a population of just over 1 crore has 22.93 lakh registered vehicles. Dehradun (7.77 lakh), Haridwar (4.38 lakh), Udham Singh Nagar (3.79 lakh) and Haldwani (2.73 lakh) are where the vehicle population is mostly concentrated.

Like Dehradun, there’s no guarantee whether car parks will ease out traffic congestion. The Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority had built the Rajiv Gandhi Multipurpose Complex at Dispensary Road and the MDDA commercial complex near the Clock Tower. Each of these facilities can accommodate 50 to 80 two- and four-wheelers.

Though the twin-level Dispensary Road car parking was built for the commuters visiting Paltan Market and adjoining markets, the people nevertheless park their vehicles on the busy Market Road. “The problem is that there are many offices in the complex because of which the parking gets full in the morning. Even local shopkeepers park vehicles there. This leaves no space in the afternoon for the people who park outside,” Surinder Chandel, a cloth merchant on Dispensary Road, said.

The three-storey MDDA commercial complex is confronted with a unique problem. Many vehicles are parked there for months together. The complex also has offices of Urban Housing Development Authority (UHDA), metro rail and tehsil. Even as the police and the MDDA officials initiated a drive few months ago, it has not changed the scenario.

In the meanwhile, traffic situation has only worsened in most of the roads in Dehradun. Arterial roads such as Rajpur Road, Subhash Road, EC Road, Saharanpur Road, Clock Tower, Chakrata Road, Nemi Road and Court Road and others are wilting under the pressure of vehicles during the peak day and evening hours.

“We don’t have parking facilities at all. Places where there is a major traffic rush, the people are left with no choice other than to park vehicles on main road. We seriously lack infrastructure. Roads are narrow and there aren’t any option,” Dehradun senior superintendent of police Nivedita Kukreti told Hindustan Times.