BRTS lanes continue to serve as parking spaces
Police personnel are unable to fine the people for it as there is no any official order from the municipal corporation of Pimpri-Chinchwad, said police sources.Updated: Jul 26, 2017 14:59 IST
Even a week after HT reported about people using the non-operational Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) lane in Shaunagar, Kalewadi area as parking space, nothing much has been done about it by the corporation officials. Police personnel are unable to fine the people for it as there is no any official order from the municipal corporation of Pimpri-Chinchwad, said police sources.
The fourth BRTS route proposed between Kalewadi phata and Dehu-Alandi road, a 10.25-km stretch, was delayed for long and is yet to complete. At Kalewadi too many vehicles are seen using the BRTS lane for parking. Also, there is no signboard near these BRTS lanes to inform people about no parking. While travelling towards Pune and at Chinchwad station, buses were also seen parked in the lanes. A similar scenario can be seen at Shahu Nagar near RTO office. Many two wheelers are also seen parked in the BRTS lane.
Vijay Bhojane,spokesperson of the BRTS cell, said, “Traffic police must take action against parked vehicles that are preventing the entry of two-wheelers into the BRTS lanes. We already issued a letter to the police officer regarding this.”
Kishor Mhasawade, police inspector of traffic said, “We have not get any letter asking us to take action against parked vehicles. As per our rules, we are obliged to take action against entry of vehicle in only operational BRTS lanes and we are doing that.”
Swapnil Chavan, resident of Chikhali said, “Delay in project is the reason behind the traffic jams and accidents. It is why people have been using empty BRTS lanes for parking.”
The creation of BRTS corridors reduced the width of the service road and unauthorised parking of vehicles on the service road causing traffic congestion. The civic body had planned to start BRTS on this route in 2012 but, due to a number of reasons, the service has been delayed.
Many residents have opposed the parking of vehicles in BRTS lanes. They fear it will damage the lane, increase cost of the project and thus are ready to encourage people to not use BRTS lanes for parking.
First Published: Jul 26, 2017 14:59 IST