| (Above and below) Illegally-parked vehicles being seized from Bali yatra ground on Saturday. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, Nov. 23: More than 65 vehicles including 10 four-wheelers were towed away by traffic officials from Bali yatra ground today as part of an ongoing drive against illegal parking.
Senior officials said the crackdown was aimed at ensuring that visitors coming to the fair did not face problems while moving inside the venue and going from one kiosk to another. The police have also set up a special traffic outpost where the towed vehicles are being kept and released after realisation of fine.
A fine of Rs 500 is being collected from four-wheelers while two-wheeler owners have to pay Rs 100 for unauthorised parking on the Bali yatra ground.
“On an average, 50 persons are being fined for illegal parking at Bali yatra every day,” said assistant commissioner of police (traffic) Pramod Rath.
Traffic officials said visitors were allowed to park their vehicle inside the Bali yatra ground till 11am. Vehicles were being towed away after public announcements between 12 noon and 3pm.
So far, over 250 vehicle-owners have been penalised, while Rs 1 lakh has been realised in the form of fines.
A large number of visitors are parking their vehicles near various kiosks inside the fair ground causing inconvenience to others. People are also parking their vehicles on the Ring Road near Gadagadia ghat and this is hindering the traffic flow.
“Instead of parking their vehicles at the identified parking lots, a lot of people are using the main road to park their vehicles during the day. This is causing problems for a lot of commuters,” said Sudhakar Swain, a resident of the Cantonment area.
The district administration has made provisions for six parking lots near the Bali yatra ground for visitors. Six more parking lots have been earmarked at locations close to the Bali yatra ground where the visitors can park their vehicles.
The police said adequate provision had been made for diversion of traffic to the parking lots so that the visitors did not face problems in reaching the Bali yatra ground.
Over six platoons of police force, around 95 home guards and 60 officers have been deployed for traffic management at Bali yatra this year.