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It’s time to give us our space near JJ flyover, say Mumbai residents

Roads are only parking space from Mohammed Ali Road to Nagpada junction

mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2017 00:34 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
According to the traffic police, the entire stretch of Mohammed Ali Road is one the top ten congested routes in the city, especially during peak hours. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

When Jayla Mane, a social worker and a resident of Bhendi Bazaar, got out of his house to take his father to the doctor, he saw a tempo double parked in front of his car beneath the JJ flyover.

He called out to the driver to move the vehicle, but the driver refused. The argument soon turned violent and a fight ensued between the two.

Jayla is not the only resident of Bhendi Bazaar who parks his four-wheeler on the road.

With no allotted parking spaces, the residents who live along Mohammed Ali Road till Nagpada junction have been complaining of traffic snarls owing to double parking by tempos and trucks, which come to the Bhendi Bazaar and other markets like Dava Bazaar, Lohar Chawl and Kalbadevi. “We have been complaining to the traffic police about the double parking issue for years, but nothing has been done,” said Jayla.

According to the traffic police, the entire stretch of Mohammed Ali Road is one the top ten congested routes in the city, especially during peak hours.

Pandu Sakpal, vibhag pramukh (south region) of Shiv Sena said that several small and congested roads lead to Mohammed Ali Road, which leads to spilling over of traffic on the road. Double parking is a major problem on these roads as well.

“The roads passing through Bhuleshwar, Mumbadevi Temple, Dava Bazaar, Kalbadevi, Gaiwadi, and Zhaveri Bazaar among others, face the same problem. Trucks and tempos that come to offload the cargo park the vehicles on the roads for days, obstructing traffic on the entire area, which spilling over on Mohammed Ali Road, and blocking it,” said Sakpal.

“I never get parking space near my building, so I have to park my four-wheeler at the Dudhwala Complex in Mumbai-Central, where my friend stays but does not use his allotted parking space,” said Eliyas Teli, a resident of Noor Mahal building at Bhendi Bazaar.

Residents claim that only one-way parking on Mohammed Ali Road can solve the traffic problem there.

When contacted, traffic police officers said that they have just one towing van, and admitted that the double parking issue has become a menace in the area. “The residents have been demanding parking spaces within 100 meters of their houses, and we have conveyed this to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). With just one towing van, it becomes impossible to solve this problem. We make announcements and warn the goods carriers, but if there is no pay and park, where would they park to load and unload the cargo?” said Pramod Tambe, senior police inspector of Pydhonie traffic chowky.

Tambe added that the double parking problem at P’Dmello was solved when the BMC allotted parking spaces to buses there.

First Published: Dec 23, 2017 00:33 IST