Residents’ associations are considering holding a mass protest against “Noida authority’s lackadaisical approach” towards improving the city’s parking system.
Various people’s representative bodies will meet on Friday at Sector 18 market to decide how to get the Noida authority and traffic police to identify unauthorised parking sites and initiate action against them.
The move comes in the wake of the traffic police’s failure to ask contractors to park vehicles in a single row at authorised parking sites across the city.
“There are two types of problems in parking. One, the authority-appointed parking contractors are allowing two and three-line parking instead of the one line that they are permitted. This leaves very little space for commuters and pedestrians. We have brought this issue to authority’s notice many a time,” said said Conrwa president, PS Jain. He said Sector 15 and Sector 18 are examples where the problem persists.
“Secondly, the authority has allowed parking on many roads, giving contractors a free hand to use more than one line parking and occupy as much space as they can,” Jain said.
“Seventy percent of the city roads are victims of unauthorised parking and there should be an end to it. Sector 18 and Sector 27 (where Atta Market is located) are the worst affected by parking mafia. The Noida authority has turned a deaf ear to our problem,” said Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal Noida district president, Sushil Kumar Jain.
Residents said the authority as well as the police blames each other for the problem.
“The traffic police have been doing their best to improve traffic by removing unauthorised parking from roads and we have been helping and coordinating in improving the situation,” said Noida authority additional chief executive officer, PK Aggarwal.
Noida superintendent of police (traffic), Prabal Pratap Singh, said he has received the list of 44 authorised parking lots from the Noida authority and has asked all the assistant traffic inspectors to act accordingly.