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Gurgaon traffic police has no cranes to tow away illegally parked vehicles

Next time when you park your car in a no-parking zone anywhere in Gurgaon, chances are that traffic police will not tow it away.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 01, 2016 14:26 IST
Gulam Jeelani
Gulam Jeelani
Hindustan Times
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The municipal authority said cranes were taken away after it found that the police were not using them.(HT File Photo)

Next time when you park your car in a no-parking zone anywhere in Gurgaon, chances are that traffic police will not tow it away.

While the police admit they do not have cranes for the purpose, the municipal authorities – who are supposed to provide cranes - blame the city police for rendering them useless when provided. Amid the blame game, the violations of parking norms continue unabated on city roads.

Till a few months ago, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) had provided eight towing cranes to the traffic police to clear bottlenecks and tow away vehicles stationed in ‘no parking’ zones.

“Surprisingly, cars are seen parked on every roadside. It seems like the traffic authorities have stopped keeping a check on this,” said Sunil Sukhija, a city-based telecom consultant.

Mahender Singh, assistant commissioner of police, traffic, said, “We do not have cranes for now. The MCG used to give it to us but they have stopped doing so. That is why we have not been able to tow any vehicles for the past two months.”

The municipal authorities on their part said they took the tow-away cranes back after they found that the cranes were not being used.

“We had given the police eight cranes on which we spent `35,000 every day. But they (traffic police) would not tow away vehicles and realise the fine. We don’t want to waste our money,” said an MCG official.

Municipal commissioner TL Satyaprakash, however, said that the corporation was willing to provide cranes once the traffic authorities start towing away vehicles and realise fines from offenders.

As a norm, vehicles parked in no-parking zones are towed away to the nearest police station. The owner can take the vehicle only after submitting a fine of up to `800. Part of the money goes to the traffic department and the bigger portion to the MCG. The police seemingly do not have sufficient funds to buy new cranes. A crane costs around `40 lakh.

The only option for the police to check illegal parking in the city is using clamps and deflating car tyres and impose a fine. This too, doesn’t seem to be implemented.

The police had last year purchased 50 clamps, which were distributed among police stations and traffic teams across the city. At present, the police have 100 clamps, most of them defunct. One clamp costs around `1,500.

First Published: Jun 30, 2016 22:34 IST