The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has identified as many as 11 illegal parking spaces operated on major roads and roadsides in Indirapuram, and has sought help from the police department to remove them.
Two of them were even illegally charging commuters for allowing parking lots, the GDA officials have found.
The roadside parking spaces outside malls, high-rises and vacant plots have become a major nuisance for commuters and regularly lead to traffic bottlenecks and pose hassles for residents of the area. Despite the identification of them, the parking spaces on government lands are operated openly with hardly any hindrance.
According to officials, they have identified illegal parking spots near Aditya Mall, Habitat Centre, Gyan Khand-2, near Rajhans and Orange County, Windsor Park Market, near Express Garden market and Shipra Plaza market, near Gaur Gravity, Krishna Apra market and Jaipuria Enclave market, Nyay Khand-I, near HRC and other commercial spaces in Vaibhav Khand.
“The local villagers have been parking illegally on the roadside. In two places — outside the Habitat Centre and Aditya Mall — we found that commuters were being charged for parking on the roadside. We have held a meeting of different departments in this context and have written to the senior superintendent of police to take action,” said Dayanand Prasad, officer on special duty, GDA.
Officials also said that apart from organised groups charging commuters for allowing usage of roadsides for parking, a number of local residents too park on the roadsides, resulting in roads being choked during peak hours.
“We will not regularise these parking spaces as it will be against norms. Agencies of the municipal corporation have such parking spaces but GDA will not legalise them,” Prasad said.
Residents, on the other hand, said that they have also been time and again apprising the concerned authorities about the issue of roadside parking, but no action was taken.
“These parking spaces regularly hamper traffic movement, especially during peak hours. A major portion of the road gets encroached and road width also gets reduced considerably. There are times when commuters have to wait for nearly half an hour to cross the major roads as a result,” said Alok Kumar, founder member from Federation of Apartment Owners’ Association.
“Such parkings are operational for past several years and need to be removed to free up road space. We have also raised the issue frequently with concerned agencies but they failed to take action,” said Sharat Jha from Consortium of Societies, Ghaziabad.