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Cops haul up motorists

delhi Updated: Nov 04, 2010 00:29 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times
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If you are planning to go on a shopping spree this Diwali, think twice before leaving your car unattended in a rush to grab those festive goodies. For, more than 12,000 Delhiites have been fined for violating parking norms in the city since Saturday.

The Delhi traffic police kicked-off its drive against parking violations on Saturday, and is likely to continue it till the end of US President Barack Obama’s visit to the Capital.

“We began this drive on October 29, and more than 12,000 people were fined for parking violations across city markets till Wednesday evening. It will certainly continue till the festive season gets over. The drive was started with a view to reduce congestion,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

By slapping 12,276 drivers with a challan of R100 each for parking violations across 11 markets, the traffic police have raised more than R12 lakh for the Central government till Wednesday evening.

“Most fines have been imposed in south Delhi. While Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar markets accounted for the largest number of fines, others like South Extension and Greater Kailash’s M-Block Market weren’t far behind. Drivers visiting Janpath and Connaught Place were found to be equally notorious,” said a senior traffic police officer.

More than 200 officers were divided into four teams to conduct the drive. Also, two cranes each have been deployed at the markets for the purpose.

“The manpower depends on the footfall that a particular market receives on a particular day and a provision to add to the existing deployment is always in place,” the officer said.

This brings the traffic police’s figures of drivers challaned for parking violations to 26,413 between October 16 and 31.

“On Wednesday alone, we were able to collect fines worth Rs 1.76 lakh. Besides, 272 vehicles have been towed away. Around 5,305 notices were pasted and 1,558 notices issued to errant drivers,” Garg added.