My city, My voice: Police swing into action against parking violators on Pune’s Prabhat road
The local police also served notices to the Tilak swimming pool authorities as well as to the Sahyadri multi-specialty hospital who have a back entrance in the lane.pune Updated: Nov 01, 2017 22:47 IST
Prabhat road residents on Tuesday heaved a sigh of relief when all the vehicles parked in the ‘No Parking’ zone along lane no 1 were locked with jammers as the police swung into action after many complaints.
The local police also served notices to the Tilak swimming pool authorities as well as to the Sahyadri multi-specialty hospital who have a back entrance in the lane.
The action came following a written complaint filed against the nuisance of vehicles parking in the ‘No Parking’ area of the narrow Prabhat road lane no 1 to 4.
“We have been living under a lot of duress for the past few years. The haphazard way of parking of vehicles is causing tremendous nuisance to the residents staying nearby,” said Gauri Sarvate who had filed an official complaint against the violators with the DCP traffic and PMC.
The said lane No 1 to 4 has a width of approximately 16 feet with one side marked as a ‘No Parking’ zone. This has been highlighted at four places on the said lane with boards put up by the traffic department. However, cars and two-wheelers are parked round the clock by doctors and visitors coming to the Sahyadri Hospital.
It is very narrow lane where senior citizen’s and children’s safety is at stake. “Patients are often in a hurry to reach the hospital driving fast in the lane. The ambulance approaching the hospital often travels at a high speed. This makes it inconvenient for us to step out with our children or even with our elders,” said Rahul Patwardhan, resident from a nearby housing society.
“As the vehicles are parked in the lane, it is impossible for two cars travelling in the opposite direction to pass each other. When two vehicles approach each other it creates a jam with loud honking, people fighting and arguing and causing severe distress, harassment, noise pollution and invasion/intrusion of privacy of residents in the vicinity at all times of the day,” Leena Vani, resident of lane No 1.
People coming to Tilak Tank also find it difficult to make their way to the said tank, especially children who come for their swimming classes. Due to the traffic congestion in the lane, children are dropped off at the start of the lane at Prabhat road and they have to make their way to the premises on foot.
The residents have communicated this problem to the management at Sahyadri Hospital a number of times through oral communication, to no avail. However, the residents often find that doctors too park in the said lane and are indifferent to the ‘No Parking’ signs.