Traffic police continued their run of dealing strictly with traffic violators by issuing 23,272 challans for wrong parking in a span of four months. Wrongly parked vehicles contribute to traffic congestion on city roads in a big way.
Last month, it was also announced that driving licences will be suspended for three months for drink-driving, speeding, overloading and talking over the phone while driving, among other offences. Additional deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Dhruv Dahiya had said the Supreme Court guidelines will be strictly implemented in the city to deal with rising traffic violations.
However, for wrongly parked vehicles, traffic police issued 23,272 challans between November 2016 and February 2017 alone. In November 2016, 3,812 violators were challaned of which the vehicles of 250 were towed away and the rest were on the spot. In December 2016, 7,570 challans were issued of which 700 vehicles were towed away. In January, the total challans issued were 6,816 of which 600 vehicles were towed away. In February, 5,074 challans were issued of which 750 vehicles were towed away.
The drive against wrong parking picked up in November 2016. Before that, only 1,462 challans were issued in October 2016 while the number shot up to 3,812 challans next month registering an increase of 2,350 challans. The November figure is over 60% more than the October figure.
The total number of challans for wrong parking was 11,737 between January 2016 and June 2016, which is not even 50% of the challans issued in the past four months.
“On an average, the department is issuing around 150 challans for wrong parking daily,” said Dahiya, who started the drive.
Dahiya added that the maximum number of cases of wrong parking were found in prominent areas such as Dandi Swami Road, Feroze Gandhi Market, Ghumar Mandi, area near DMCH, MBD Mall area, Lakkar Bazar, Book Market, Old Sabzi Mandi, Suhani Building, Shahpur Road, Car Market, Dugri Road and Pakhowal Road. “These were the areas from where a majority of traffic congestion complaints were reported,” he said.
A traffic cop said congestion on roads aggravated especially during late in the evenings on weekends in certain areas such as Ghumar Mandi Road (near Chaupati), Sarabha Nagar Market and Dandi Swami Road. People are most prone to wrong parking here because they stop over to eat from roadside carts or food outlets. “The department is working day and night to curb the menace of wrong parking. Dozens of people visit police lines up to 9pm daily to get their towed vehicles released,” he said.
Dahiya further said vehicles found wrongly parked will be handed over to the owner only after he or she paid the fine. There will be no compromise for anyone, he added.
Dahiya took over as the ADCP (traffic) of Ludhiana in November last year.