The plot near Jugsalai police station where commercial parking has been proposed. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Traffic mayhem on a Jamshedpur artery will be memory if the city’s civic guardians heed police advice.
DSP (traffic) R.M. Sinha forwarded a proposal to Jusco last week, urging the Tata Steel subsidiary to turn around two acres of vacant land adjoining Jugsalai police station into a parking lot for commercial vehicles to perennially decongest Bistupur Main Road.
According to Sinha’s plan, long-distance buses, auto-rickshaws and mini-vans will have separate bays in the parking zone. While buses and autos will no longer have to pick up or drop passengers on thoroughfares if the facility takes shape, commercial vans too can load and unload consignments at their designated depot instead of on roadsides.
The double-lane Bistupur Main Road, which connects Jugsalai and Tatanagar station at one end and Circuit House Area and Sonari at the other, witnesses a daily traffic volume of 2.5 lakh. During any given time of the day, the 40-feet-wide artery is chaos personified, particularly a 300-metre stretch from Bistupur traffic light to Voltas Building that is almost inaccessible between 10am and 11am, and between 6pm and 8pm.
If rogue autos, beckoning passengers, block the way for motorists, buses bound for Chaibasa, Seraikela and Mayurbhanj (Odisha) station themselves near Andhra Bhatka Sree Ram Mandiram. Mini-vans folllow suit.
“All this will change. Once the dedicated parking zone is created, these vehicles will not enter the Bistupur Market,” Sinha expressed hope and said he had already discussed his proposal with Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur.
“We are sanguine that the project will take off at the earliest. Jusco has given positive signals. The multi-vehicle parking lot will come up near Baldev Basti close to Jugsalai thana. It will not just do away with the practice of unauthorised parking on the main road, but also stem the risk of accidents,” the DSP added.
Mathur confirmed having received the proposal. “We have discussed parking problems and snarls with the traffic DSP. We are committed to doing everything possible to make the ride along Bistupur Main Road a hassle-free journey,” he said.
Commuters and residents are keeping their fingers crossed.
“Parking is a perennial poser. Vehicles halt on the roadside and sometimes even climb onto footpaths, causing both inconvenience and accidents. A designated parking area is definitely the need of the hour,” said Tushar Das, who owns a garment store in Bistupur and uses the artery every day.
Local resident S.K. Gupta added: “The parking area near Bank of Baroda is of no use because few people avail of the facility. I hope the new proposal will work better.”