Yes …The cones are everywhere on city roads, thanks to the city’s well known hospitals, commercial establishments and some influential residents who use these blockades to ensure the road facing their set up is free from other vehicles except their own. Coming up to our next focus on how city’s well known hospitals have grabbed public parking for its own use, it surfaced that most of the plush hospitals have either no parking facility in their premises or they do not allow visitors to park in their vehicles. Moreover, cones and rope boundaries have been stretched on the roads and open space outside many of these hospitals, blocking common entry to these patches.
As Nagpur Today continues its series of parking woes faced by the citizens, some socially responsible citizens have come forward and reported about some more doctors who have brazenly encroached upon public utility space or roads, for parking their own vehicles.
Run by one of the famous city medical practitioners Dr Sudhir Babulkar, Sushrut Hospital opposite bustling Central Bazar road in Ramdaspeth has deliberately placed cones to debar citizens from parking their vehicles and in turn block the space for its own parking purpose. Dr. Babhulkar’s clinic in Ramdaspeth also throws similar scene. He has fixed a board to the NMC tree plantation wire-mesh enclosure which reads ‘No Parking’ which is enforced by the security guards. Except for the doctor’s car nobody else is allowed to park his or her car or two-wheeler in that place.
Similar scene can be witnessed at many places in Dhantoli and Ramdaspeth area. Dr Arneja of Arneja Heart Institute situated behind Somalwar High School, Ramdaspeth too has the No-Parking boards preventing people from parking their two-wheelers and cars. The hospital authorities too have used cone blocks to grab the roads.
However, after the guards leave in the evening, those who come for check-up in the evening park their vehicles. Similarly, Dr Khemka, Dr Pendse Diabetes Clinic near Dhantoli Garden are in similar practice of blocking traffic by putting up cones. Guards employed by these doctors ensure that nobody parks their vehicles at the spot “reserved” for doctors. Even if they are patients to see the doctors, they are rudely asked to park their vehicles somewhere-else.
“When these doctors made their hospitals and clinics in these residential areas, why did they not make arrangements to park their own vehicles inside their premises, leaving the parking for others outside?”, asked a frustrated commuter who looked for space to park his vehicle near Babhulkar’s hospital.
Some of the residents too have brazenly encroached upon public utility land and put-up cones to block space on the road. One is the ground-floor bungalow at Gulab Palace besides Neeti Gaurav Commercial Complex, Ramdaspeth.
Police Inspector of Traffic Branch of Nagpur Police, PI Shankeshwari said that if Nagpur Today writes to the Traffic department about such places where doctors have illegally encroached upon public land, he will send a squad vehicle and cease all these cones. He said that action would also be initiated against these people.
When Nagpur Today wanted to know if these cones can be used by private persons for blocking space for their car parking, he said that it is totally illegal and action will certainly be initiated against such encroachers.
However the in-charge of Traffic department DCP Tangde was not available for commenting on this issue.
KRIMS Hospital the chairman of which is B Anand and Managing Director is VSS Mani, who are non-medical professionals, too have encroached upon public utility land. They too have set up traffic-cones to block all others except doctors from parking their vehicles. The security guard employed by KRIMS ensured ensures that. A private resident having a bungalow in Ramdaspeth named Gulab Palace near Neeti Gaurav Complex too has put up cones to block space for ensuring parking space for the owner.
Dr Anil M Deoghare who has his clinic right on the road from Lokmat Square to Panchasheel has very cleverly put up a steel board mounted on a stand that says “No parking in front of Clinic”.