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MC and traffic police fail to take action against restaurants

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, November 30, 2013
First Published: 21:25 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 21:30 IST(30/11/2013)

Traffic police and municipal corporation (MC) have closed their eyes towards the illegal parking in front of the restaurants on Malhar Road, which leads to traffic jams, especially during evening.

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Even as the traffic wing and MC have jointly started a drive to ease traffic woes of residents, they have failed in taking action against the restaurants that allow parking in front of their premises on Malhar Road.

There has been a steep rise in the number of restaurants opening on Malhar Road in the recent past. People park their vehicles on the road, resulting in disruption of traffic flow.

The road is already congested and the vehicles of the visitors, parked on the road, add to the woes. A large number of restaurants are located on Malhar Road with little or no parking facility.

Surprisingly, neither the MC nor the traffic police are bothering to streamline the traffic.

Restaurants on Malhar Road with no parking area, include Basant Resort, Sankalp, Mocha, Keylong and Sam's pizza, among others.

However, the traffic police, in a recently launched drive against illegal parking, penalised more than 700 vehicles and also towed-away many vehicles from Ferozepur Road, but it has virtually forgotten the ever-busy Malhar Road, where restaurants were violating the norms.

Assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Deepak Hilori said, “There is indeed a problem of traffic on Malhar Road in front of the restaurants. We have even asked the MC to demarcate parking areas on the road. They will mark yellow lines on the road, so that the vehicles are parked inside the yellow line.”

Sources said Welcome Palace near Basant resort on Malhar Road, where exhibitions were held regularly, had been given permission by the authorities without taking the parking space in account. Sources in MC said the palace had become a major cause of traffic jams, as a large number of people visited the area during exhibitions.

Interestingly, most of the restaurant owners were politically well-connected due to which, traffic police and MC were shying away to act against them.

MC zone D commissioner Devinder Singh said strict action would be taken against the vehicles parked in front of restaurants on Malhar Road under the joint drive by traffic police and MC.

“I will ask my officials to go to the area and tow-away wrongly-parked vehicles as soon as possible,” said Singh.

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