Mount Mary fair: Illegal parking congests roads, complain residents

Locals complain that parked vehicles block their building entrances, congest roads near the church

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2017 11:06 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
Mount Mary fair,Bandra,Illegal parking
Devotees flock to Mount Mary church at Bandra during the fair. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Around 100 two-wheelers and 15 four-wheelers have been towed away from around Mount Mary Church in Bandra every day since the fair began on Sunday.

Visitors to the Bandra fair park their vehicles wherever they find space and even block the entrance of housing society buildings. The fair sees 30,000 to 50,000 visitors a day.

Fed up of the rampant and illegal parking in the past three days, a resident has written to the municipal ward office demanding parking lot for visitors but he has not got a response.

Pradeep Yadav, 32, who lives near Mount Mary church, has mailed all the complaints on the poor management of the Bandra fair to assistant commissioner of police (traffic) and the organisers.

“I have had fights with the stall owners near Kadeshwari Marg as their trucks are parked near the entrance of our housing society. There are devotees who park their vehicles on the corner of the road but it is towed away by the time they are back. Why not allot them Supari Tank ground so that roads are freed up and doesn’t cause inconvenience to us?” said Yadav.

Even as Yadav has mailed the suggestion to the police, an official from the Bandra traffic department said the Supari Tank ground had been allotted for parking during the fair, but it was not being used.

“The Supari Tank ground has been allotted for parking but the visitors are not aware of it. I do not know if it is pay and park or free parking. The BMC would know about it,” said the official.

Yadav has not received any response to the complaints and suggestion.

“It is necessary that a parking provision is made for visitors. The RTO fine is around Rs250 to Rs350 to get back towed vehicles,” Yadav added.

The traffic on Rebello Road and around Bandstand is the worst-affected as visitors haphazardly park vehicles on roads, leading to congestion.

Officials indulged in blame game. When HT contacted the ward office about a parking lot for Bandra fair, it was directed to the maintenance department of H west ward. The officials said they did not know about the parking arrangement and that the Regional Transport Office (RTO) would know about it.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 11:06 IST