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Kopri bridge in Thane still a traffic bottleneck, cops take action

The department has also sent a separate letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation requesting a joint action against hawkers and illegal parking in the city, both of which are prime reason for traffic congestion.

mumbai Updated: Sep 02, 2018 01:18 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
mumbai,maharshtra,thane
Commuters on Kopri bridge have hardly got any respite from traffic snarls.(HT FILE)

Flooded with complaints about the increasing traffic congestion in the city, the deputy commissioner of police, traffic, has written to all municipal corporations in the Thane commissionerate demanding action against commercial establishments which park illegally on both sides of the road.

The department has also sent a separate letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation requesting a joint action against hawkers and illegal parking in the city, both of which are prime reason for traffic congestion.

Amit Kale, DCP traffic, said, “As per the Development Control Rules of the TMC, it is mandatory that all the commercial establishments have parking facilities. However, most establishments have converted the space allotted for parking as per the approved maps into commercial space, while even the basement is used for commercial purpose in most cases.”

The owners and consumers visiting the establishments park on the roads.

“I have send letters to municipal corporations or councils in Thane, Kalyan Dombivli, Bhiwandi, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur to survey such commercial establishments and register cases under the Maharashtra Region Town Planning Act (MRTP),” he said.

Kale has also drafted a letter to the TMC requesting joint action against the hawkers and illegal parking. “I have asked the encroachment department of the TMC to undertake a joint action against hawkers and illegal parking. We can conduct this drive twice a week to keep roads free for commuters.”

Ashok Burpulle, deputy municipal commissioner, anti-encroachment said, “I have kept a team ready and whenever the traffic police complain of congestion because of hawkers, I will send my team to remove them.”

Meanwhile, commuters on Kopri bridge hardly got any respite from traffic snarls.

The Road Commuters’ Forum had also complained about traffic issue on Kopri bridge.

“We met the DCP traffic to forward complaints on traffic congestions. The official assured us that they would implement all the measures to ease traffic flow on Kopri bridge. But, on Saturday, Kopri bridge again saw traffic snarls,” said Shilpa Rao, member of the Road Commuters’ Forum and a resident from Ghodbunder, Thane.

The traffic police said they have taken measures to decongest Kopri bridge. “We have diverted vehicles and deployed extra traffic at Kopri. We have also informed the Navi Mumbai traffic team to prevent heavy vehicles from using Kopri bridge,” said Kale.

(Inputs from Priyanka Dhomse)

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 00:45 IST