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Illegal parking, Mumbai Metro work clog Link Road in Malad; residents livid with traffic police

Residents complain about long jams on the stretch owing to parked vehicles outside D-Mart and traffic build-up near Infiniti mall

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:19 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times
Mumbai,Link road,Malad
Shoppers park their car on the road while auto stop to pick up fare. (Pramod Thakur/HT Photo)

Facing an increased travel time along Link road between Malad and Goregaon? The answer to that lies in illegally parked vehicles and Metro barricades.

Residents complain about the constant increase in the chaotic journey on the stretch mainly owing to parked vehicles outside D-Mart and the traffic build-up near Infiniti mall.

“Vehicles are parked on the road with drivers seated inside them. Moreover, Metro construction exacerbates the situation,” says Rajvi Goyal, a resident of Malad (West).

Parked vehicles were nuisance some time ago, but now it has become a norm, leading to public apathy.

“The D-Mart trucks line up the road and block one lane every night. The offloading sometimes take place during daytime too,” rues Rohit Tikmanym, another resident.

Trucks offloading goods are lined up for at least two hours between 10 pm and midnight, he says. With various restaurants, bars, malls and stores along Link road, vehicles occupy the stretch close to midnight. The situation is worse in the afternoon.

Tikmany, like many other residents, have become wont to illegal parking. “We see vehicles parked at every road despite lack of space,” Tikmany says.

‘Police inaction’

Tikmany says he has approached the Mumbai traffic division several times.

He reached out to the Mumbai police on its Twitter handle and Tikmany was directed to the traffic police and asked to complain on the helpline number 8454999999. While he has been complaining using the helpline for a few months, he is yet to get any response from the police.

Residents say that their complaints on the MTP application have not been acted upon. There has been no solution to the problems of parking on the route, they say. Siddharth Sharma, a resident of Palm Court at Malad Link road, said, “Our society has approached the local corporator and the traffic police several times. There are times when they deploy a constable but it is still a mess. The situation is still the same. There is a blatant violation of every law daily.”

Residents believe decongesting the junction near D-Mart will have a cascading effect on the entire Link road.

Pedestrians walk on the road as vehicles are parked near footpaths. While on some stretches, bikes are also parked on footpaths. Vishwanath Shelar, inspector at Malad traffic division, said, “We have received several complaints from residents and hence we have deployed a constable in the area. We take regular action against illegal parking. We have also barricaded a part of the road to avoid vehicles getting on footpaths.”

The Malad traffic division is also taking assistance of traffic wardens. It records at least 12 cases of traffic violations on Link road daily.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 22:30 IST