Traffic chaos continues despite free parking lots outside schools in Dehradun
Though the city traffic police have set up parking lots, parents are not willing to park their vehicles at the designated space, and are parking vehicles at will, blocking traffic at a number of places across the city.Updated: Feb 04, 2018 21:33 IST
Uttarakhand school education minister Arvind Pandey’s announcement of setting up free parking lots near schools in Dehradun for parents seems to have few takers.
Though the city traffic police have set up parking lots, parents are not willing to park their vehicles at the designated space, and are parking vehicles at will, blocking traffic at a number of places across the city.
On January 3, Pandey recommended that a special parking lot be set up at the Parade Ground where some of the top city private-run schools are located.
The minister had directed chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh and director general of police Anil Raturi to ensure parking facilities for the parents of school children, following which, a free parking lot is being set up at the Parade Ground that can accommodate more than 50 vehicles, including two and four wheelers.
A small part of plot is already set up for parking but parents are unwilling to use the part lot.
HT visited the parking lots to access the situation last week. The narrow Convent Road outside the Convent of Jesus and Mary School was clock-a-block with cars parked on both the sides of the road with roadside vendors adding to the chaos blocking the thoroughfare.
The condition in Subhash Road was even worse. Outside the St. Joseph’s Academy, the traffic becomes a nightmare even the traffic police personnel on duty.
On the streets adjoining the state director general of police office and the Uttarakhand Secretariat, traffic police have tried to ease the flow of vehicle by making it one-way street.
Despite the traffic restrictions in place, parents continued park their vehicles outside the school gate, blocking the Income Tax Street.
Kewal Khurana, assistant inspector general of police (traffic), however, said, “Within a week the parking at the Parade Ground will functional, besides we are also setting up smaller parking lots on the EC
Road, the Survey Chowk and near the Kanak Cinema Hall, to ease the flow of traffic.”
Police will ensure that people park their vehicle at the designated parking lots and sign boards will be placed around the schools to help parents, he said.
But, parents are unwilling to comply with the new parking regulations.
“We don’t mind parking our vehicles a few metres away from the school premises but it is difficult for our children, who slog the whole day, to walk up to the parking,” said Ramesh Aswal, a parent.
“The idea won’t work and it’s the schools that should ensure parking inside the campus to facilitate children and parents.”