Don’t park your car here: Decongestion drives on 29 Delhi roads from Monday
Some of the roads where the drives will be carried out are the Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road, Savitri Flyover, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Dhaula Kuan, Sardar Patel Marg, Najafgarh Road, Pankha Road, Vikas Marg, Ring Road, and Outer Ring Road.delhi Updated: Sep 23, 2017 23:27 IST
The nightmares faced by drivers and motorists while passing through choked roads in Delhi may finally end. The Delhi Traffic Police and the municipal bodies are set to begin a large-scale anti-encroachment drive on some of the worst affected routes in the city.
A total of 29 such stretches have been identified as ‘No Tolerance Zones’ and have been chosen for the decongestion drive beginning Monday, said Garima Bhatnagar, Joint CP (Traffic). The focus will be on removal of the vehicles parked on the roadside and imposing heavy penalties on the offenders.
The decongestion drive comes in the wake of a meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal in March to discuss the actions to be taken pertaining to the traffic management issues in the city. Previous attempts to decongest city’s roads had yielded little results due to low penalties under the Motor Vehicle Act for the offence of illegal parking.
“Since this time even the municipal bodies are working with us, we will also prosecute the offenders as per the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act. According to the Act, the fine is based on several factors, including the weight of the vehicles. Fines can go beyond Rs1,000 for illegal parking. It will serve as a major deterrent,” said Bhatnagar.
Some of the roads where the drives will be carried out are the Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road, Savitri Flyover, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Dhaula Kuan, Sardar Patel Marg, Najafgarh Road, Pankha Road, Vikas Marg, Ring Road, and Outer Ring Road.
On the Ring Road, the stretch between Vijay Nagar and Burari Chowk has been chosen. On the Outer Ring Road, two stretches — from Hanuman Setu to Chandgi Ram Akhara and from Bhalswa Road to Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar — have been picked for decongestion.
“These chosen stretches of roads are our priority as they are arterial roads and prone to massive jams, mainly due to illegal parking on the roadside. It will be a massive drive to decongest the roads,” said Bhatnagar.
The towed away vehicles will be taken to pits belonging either to the municipal bodies or the traffic police. But since this could be a herculean task due to the shortage of space, the authorities will mainly rely on creating awareness.
“We are holding meetings with the market association representatives in these chosen areas. We will make them aware of our initiative so that they find alternate places to park their vehicles. We will also carry out adequate publicity for the drive so that vehicle owners are not caught unaware,” said another senior traffic police officer.
Police will also crack down on used car dealers as their vehicles are a constant menace.