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Bistupur’s parking fiat

- Jusco uses reflective paint, capital letters to mark zones

The district police have made Bistupur Main Road their canvas to send out a clear message to steel city drivers that a particular stretch of the artery can’t be used for parking.

Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco has started painting No Parking signage with special light-reflective paint at night.

Arguably the first-of-its-kind measure in the city, the utility services provider started work on the 350-metre stretch between Kwality Hotel and N Road late on Thursday night. The work will be completed by this week.

Such on road markings were done earlier on key arteries for indicating zebra crossings and rumble strips.

The Bistupur Main Road connects Kadma, Sonari, Sakchi and Bistupur to commercial hubs like Jugsalai and Tatanagar station and witnesses a traffic volume of nearly 1.5 lakh vehicle daily.

In a bid to streamline traffic and prohibit wrong vehicle parking, Jusco had erected three-feet high iron grilles on this stretch, dotted by restaurants, pharmacies and stationery shops, this October.

However, the effort did not yield desired results.

So, Jusco also installed reflective boards on these iron grills, prohibiting parking.

“Congestion due to violation of parking norms on Bistupur Main Road has been a problem for long. Drivers often plead ignorance about areas that are no-parking zones, though there are signages installed at different points. Now, they cannot use this alibi anymore because the signage is clearly visible. This apart, the reflective signage will also indicate the zones at night,” said traffic DSP R.M. Sinha.

Beginning in January, the district police will also tow away vehicles and slap a fine of Rs 1,200 for parking violation. “We plan to do similar drives on other important roads,” Sinha added.

Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said despite earmarked zones for parking in Bistupur, commuters did not care. “Drivers violate parking norms and cause bottlenecks,” he added.

Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Suresh Sonthalia hailed the initiative of traffic police to clear the road.

“We welcome the step and would like to see if they are serious about prosecuting violators. The markings will help people identify specific area for parking,’ Sonthalia added.

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