A day after Hindustan Times reported the traffic chaos on east Delhi's lifeline Vikas Marg, the Delhi traffic police on Wednesday launched a drive to make the carriageways free of illegally parked cars.
On the first day of the drive itself, the traffic police towed away 45 cars and issued parking challans to 103 cars, said police officials.
"This drive will continue till the traffic woes on the congested corridor are significantly reduced," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
"As a first step, we will continue to crack down on the vehicles parked along the carriageways that are causing massive congestion on the road. The next step, which we will take soon, will see the removal of vehicles parked on footpaths and service lanes as well," he added.
The traffic police on Wednesday also held a meeting with the officials of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to find a lasting solution to the perennial parking problem on Vikas Marg.
"The EDMC has agreed to redevelop the Pushta Road parking lot. This parking lot will be able to accommodate vehicles of the traders of Vikas Marg. This will significantly bring down the parking woes," Garg added.
"By the month-end, the Pushta road parking lot is expected to be ready to accommodate more cars," he said. He added that with the redevelopment of the parking, the encroachment of Vikas Marg will be curbed.
A day ago, HT had reported how a major spurt in traffic volume was choking Vikas Marg, which snakes through east Delhi with 40-odd plotted colonies falling on both sides.