Nagpur: Feeling the discomfort over ban on parking of four-wheelers on a stretch of West High Court Road being enforced by city traffic police, a delegation of Dharampeth Vyapari Sangh led by its President Dinesh Chhabra met DCP (Traffic) R S Pardeshi and discussed the pros and cons of the decision.
Notably, parking of four-wheelers has been banned from Law College Square to Shankar Nagar Square on West High Court Road in order to ease traffic problems.
The delegation of Dharampeth Vyapari Sangh assured the DCP voluntarily cooperate with the Traffic Department for enhancing and ensuring smooth flow of the traffic. But at the same time told the top traffic cops that the traders were deeply disturbed by the ban action of traffic department. The delegation said, “This entire stretch of road is a commercial hub. This is the biggest market place of West Nagpur on which thousands of citizens are dependent for their basic needs. If the parking is not provided on WHC Road, shopkeepers and customers will be forced to park in the adjacent lanes on WHC Road which will be a nightmare for the residents living in these by-lanes. We are aware of the traffic congestion on this important road of Nagpur,” the delegation lamented.
Dharampeth Vyapari Sangh forwarded a few suggestions for consideration of Traffic Department think will help it in regulating the traffic on this busy road. The suggestions are:
- Four-wheeler parking on one side and two-wheeler on the other side alternately on entire WHC Road from Law College to Shankar Nagar should be done.
- Few patches where road is narrow ‘No parking of 4-wheeler’ boards can be put up or ‘Parking for 2-wheelers’ can be put.
- No double parking should be allowed.
- Loading and unloading of goods must not be allowed during peak traffic hours
- Sufficient time to pick up and drop should be allowed
- Big buses should be diverted at peak hours
- Create a parking plaza at NMC land situated at Gokulpeth vegetable market
- In future, no construction of commercial complexes or buildings should be given permission by NMC without ample parking space.
- Movement and squatting of stray cattle on this narrow road should not be allowed. It took generations to develop this WHC Road and Dharampeth Market.
The delegation of Dharampeth Vyapari Sangh pointed out the DCP that no consultation was made with them before enforcing this ‘harsh decision’. A happy, happening street of Nagpur has been converted into dead market because of this ill-considered decision.
Assuring full cooperation to Traffic Police Department, the delegation requested the DCP Pardeshi to consider their suggestions and redress their grievances as soon as possible. On his part, the DCP assured that he will consider their grievances & suggestions and try to implement them shortly.
The delegation comprised of Samar Das, Zubair Yarkhan, Vivek Ukhalkar, Dinesh Naidu, Sanjeev Singh and Deepak Sharma.
Copies of the suggestions have also been forwarded to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule and Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham.