THE COORDINATION meeting held for betterment of City’s traffic at Commissionerate on Thursday decided to remove encroachments from parking places at commercial buildings and shift vegetable mandis from roads including the one at Nandlalpura.
Presided over by Divisional Commissioner Ashok Das, the high-level meeting was attended by Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, IG Dr Rajendra Kumar, DIG V Madhu Kumar, Indore Development Authority CEO C B Singh, Additional Collectors Rameshwar Gupta, Renu Pant, MPEB CMD Pramod Agrawal, PWD Superintending Engineer B N Shrivastav, Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma among others.
During the course of deliberations, one of the major impediments cited for removing encroachments was the court stay that building owners obtain and the court’s directions to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to avoid interference in building affairs.
When Mayor and Municipal Commissioner raised this issue, the committee decided to make presentation before the judges and media persons to prove how the encroachments were playing havoc with traffic and building norms and leading to fatal accidents.
For instance, it was informed that builder of President Tower in Naya Dawa Bazaar has shown Floor Area Ratio (FAR) on RNT Marg though it is situated at Madhumilan Junction. It was also informed that marginal open space (MOS) was used for parking at Rajani Bhavan opposite High Court building that often creates traffic jams.
At the end of presentation made by traffic department on factors impeding smooth traffic flow, IMC decided to hand over the advertisement rights to police department for display on traffic signal poles and identify open spaces in the City to set up parking places.
Another significant decision was taken with regard to Jyotiba Phule vegetable complex at Nandlalpura on which IMC has spent Rs 10 crore.
After IG’s objection that if the complex is used for purpose other than accommodating vegetable vendors, it will add to traffic jams in the area, it was decided that vendors be given a choice. They shift inside the complex or be prepared to leave Nandlalpura and thus decongest the area.
At them meeting, a sub committee headed by C B Singh was formed which would hold talks with residential and business establishments to facilitate encroachment removal. The coordination committee decided to meet every three months to review the progress of traffic reforms.