Two-wheelers line up even as a no-parking signage glares at them on Straight Mile Road in Sakchi Pictures by Bhola Prasad
Two commercial hubs, over 10 no-parking zones and hundreds of violations — vehicle users in the steel city appear to fancy pulling in exactly where it is prohibited.
This is a common sight at two of the busiest areas in town, Sakchi and Bistupur, spread over a radius of three square kilometres.
Vehicles, mostly two-wheelers and three-wheelers, are routinely found parked for more than half an hour at the no-parking spots in both places.
The blatant violation of traffic norms continues though no-parking signage is clearly visible, causing problems not only for commuters but also pedestrians.
The spots where parking violation is a feature all day in Sakchi market are between Sakchi and Ram Lila Maidan on Straight Mile Road, Thakurbari Road, Purulia Highway Road, the Sakchi-Kalimati stretch, the points between Refugee Market and Hotel Mansarovar and near Aambagan.
In Bistupur, the spots are near Kamani Centre, Hotel Natraj, Gopal Maidan, Tilak Pushtakalaya and the stretch of Bistupur Main Road close to Yashkamal Complex.
Mohit Goel, a software professional employed in a private bank at Bistupur, blamed the civic authorities for compelling people to violate parking norms.
“The civic authorities should create proper parking spaces. We are willing to pay parking charges. There is very little parking space. The one near Bank of Baroda is a bit far and usually commuters going for some business want to park their vehicles at sites near their workplaces. The number of parking spaces has not increased in proportion to the number of vehicles in the city,” rued Mohit.
Suresh Sonthalia, vice-president of Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, blamed the authorities as well as commuters.
“We have tried to educate our traders’ community not only to park their own vehicles at the earmarked parking space in Bistupur and Sakchi but also encourage their customers and clients visiting their establishment to use the parking facility. However, we have not been able to achieve much success in this regard. It is time for the authorities to act and levy fine on a regular basis to instil fear among people,” said Sonthalia.
Traffic deputy superintendent of police, Jamshedpur, R.M. Sinha admitted that violation of parking rules led to obstruction and minor mishaps despite efforts by the administration to display no-parking signage properly.
“We regularly monitor no-parking spots and fine vehicles parked in such areas. Usually, a challan of Rs 500 is issued to users of two-wheelers or four-wheelers found violating traffic norms in no-parking zones. But it seems merely imposing fine is not enough. We have to tow away their vehicles to cause harassment so that they do not indulge in such acts again. But due to resource constraints, we cannot tow away such vehicles on a regular basis,” said Sinha.
He said they had requisitioned Tata Steel and Jusco to offer on hire a vehicle that could be used for towing away two-wheelers and four wheelers.
Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee special officer R.N. Dwiwedi said they had a parking lot in Sakchi and another in Bistupur where they charged Rs 2 and Rs 5 from two-wheelers and four-wheelers.
This apart, there is a parking space built by Tata Steel and managed by Jusco on 3.61 acres near the Bank of Baroda branch in Bistupur.
The space was inaugurated on March 23, 2010, and built at an estimated cost of Rs 60 lakh.
However, it seems the parking spaces were not enough for growing traffic users in the city.