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DLF residents fume over unauthorised parking

Unauthorised parking by hundreds of office-goers and taxi drivers in DLF City (Phase-2) has become a nuisance and increased inconvenience for residents. Leena Dhankhar reports.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2012 01:03 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times

Unauthorised parking by hundreds of office-goers and taxi drivers in DLF City (Phase-2) has become a nuisance and increased inconvenience for residents.

DLF City residents, with support of the Qutub Enclave residents' welfare association (RWA), have now decided to raise the issue as haphazard parking often blocks their colony entrance making it difficult for people to reach their homes.

Hundreds of taxis, mainly providing ferry services to employees of multi-national companies and BPOs, remain parked throughout the day on the DLF City-Phase 2 entrance near the Jacaranda Marg.

Proximity to office complexes such as DLF Square, Convergys and Nestle adds to chaos with several executives parking their cars on the roadside.

The entire stretch from the slip road on NH-8 to the gate of the residential area remains chock-a-block with vehicles.

Residents, especially women, say drivers and other anti-social elements loiter around the area and they fell unsafe. There have been complaints of drivers passing lewd remarks to passersby.

Despite repeated complaints, authorities have failed to take cognizance of the matter.

Madan Yadav, Qutub Enclave RWA president, said, “We have been raising the matter with DLF authorities. Umesh Gupta, vice-president of the DLF-2 RWA, has been following up in writing with the DLF residential estate management team. Despite focused target dates given by DLF, nothing has been done.”

Gupta said, “I have tried approaching DLF officials but the residential estate management team seems to be helpless. I also tried fixing a meeting with Ramesh Sanka, managing director of DLF. He, however, refuses to give an appointment.”

Sandeep Virmani, general secretary of the Qutub Enclave RWA, said that apart from creating traffic chaos, vehicles even block the main expressway slip road due to which cars coming out of DLF Phase-2 have to take a long detour.

The traffic police department, meanwhile, has failed to provide concrete solutions.

If spotted, drivers are asked to move their vehicles and not park on the main road.

The police also got security heads of Convergys, DLF Square and RWA representatives to discuss the matter and all parties agreed to declare the area a no-parking zone.

Residents, however, feel that apart from voluntary measures, traffic police need to be more strict and slap fines to ensure compliance.

Yadav said they plan to rope in more residents and will launch agitations in all DLF phases as they too face similar problems due to nearby commercial buildings.

DCP (crime) Maheshwar Dayal said, “We will soon take action against drivers and taxi companies for illegal parking in residential areas.”

First Published: Jan 24, 2012 01:01 IST