The traffic police are finding it increasingly difficult to curb the menace of illegal parking along the main roads in the city. The reason: they are not well equipped to deal with the situation.
The city police have conceded that it is becoming impossible for them to handle large number of rogue drivers everyday who park their vehicles illegally on busy roads. Senior police officials say they do not have the space to park vehicles, which are towed away from illegal parking sites.
“We have written a letter to the Noida authority to provide some extra space so that we can aggressively launch a drive against illegal parking at market places in the city. The parking space with us can accommodate only 50 vehicles, while we tow away around 80 cars a day from Atta market alone,” said MP Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
The traffic police have also complained of poor infrastructure. “We cannot tow away SUVs and big luxury cars as we have a small crane. We have already asked the authority to give us a bigger crane, which can lift the vehicles from their tyres,” Singh said.
The city’s commercial hub, sector 18, is home to about a dozen unauthorised parking lots and a number theft cases are reported from this area.
Commuters blame the authority for the menace and allege that the police unnecessarily harass them. “If you give us enough space for parking, we will not park our vehicles on roads. The police harass us without trying to arrange for such facilities,” said a commuter.
However, the Noida authority has plans to construct three parking lots, two in sector 18 and one in sector 38A. These parking lots will have the capacity about 8,000 vehicles.
Meanwhile, the police have decided to tighten the noose around parking attendants. “We have asked to equip parking attendants with tamper-proof hand-held device to issue slips. Parking slips being provided now do not have time on them and the registration number of car is written manually,” said Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police (city).
“Attendants will be booked if a car is stolen from the parking lot. We will also ask all the contractors to install CCTV cameras at the parking site. Besides, we have asked to get all the attendants verified with the police as in most of the cases they are found working hand in gloves with thieves,” said the SP (city).