Traffic and parking mess on Mumbai’s roads as car mechanics block lanes
Residents say they have complained to the Mumbai civic body; it says there is no permanent solutionmumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2017 14:38 IST
Plan to take the Juhu-Versova Link Road or the Veera Desai Road in Andheri (West)? Watch out for broken down automobiles parked along the roads illegally.
Most of these vehicles, claim residents, are left there by the many open garages on the stretch. Residents said they have complained to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), but the civic body has said it has no permanent solution to shut down these open garages.
There are at least 10 automobile shops and garages on Veera Desai Marg. Many cars are parked in no-parking zones and in front of Sarotha Pada and Veera Desai Marg bus stops.
“Earlier, there was an open ground where the cars were parked. But that space has now been used for construction. Nothing happens even after we complain,” said Rekha Ajgaonkar, a member of the area’s advanced locality management (ALM).
For residents near Juhu-Versova Link road , the illegally parked vehicles — many outside their buildings — spell more trouble.
“The number of shops, cars has increased. There is no space for my patients to park their vehicles,” said Dr Ramesh Patel, who owns a clinic in one of the buildings on the stretch.
On this arterial road connecting Juhu and Versova, there are at least 20 automobile and accessory shops on a 500m stretch. Dr Kanta Mukherjee, ALM member, said there were three rows of cars blocking half the road. “Even when the BMC takes action, the cars are back in a few days.”
Corporator Rohan Rathod said the parking was causing massive snarls. “The traffic department took action against vehicles on the Juhu-Versova Link road last week.”
Assistant municipal commissioner Prashant Gaikwad told HT, “The only solution is to take continuous action, along with the traffic and licence departments. Only those with proper structures to park cars should be allowed.”