Two-wheelers parked outside the RMC office. Picture by Hardeep Singh
If the roads leading to Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) in Kutchery are perennially congested, a major portion of the blame goes to the civic guardian itself.
In the absence of any parking lot in the corporation building, its employees are forced to keep their two- and four-wheelers outside, which eat on to the road space and add to the traffic mess.
On an average, over 200 employees attend office every day. But the RMC compound has space for only two four-wheelers.
While senior officials like the chief executive office parks his car in the little space that’s available, some employees choose to leave their vehicles, albeit illegally, on the premises of the water board office behind the RMC building. But the water board office too can accommodate only 10-15 vehicles and others are left to fend for themselves.
No wonder that the space outside the corporation office is always crowded with two- and four-wheelers.
With the lane being two-way, the flow of vehicles naturally gets hindered, triggering snarls on connecting roads leading to Jail More, Line Talab and other places.
“We can barely move, thanks to haphazard parking by RMC employees. I really don’t know when I will reach Jail More,” said Rajan Sinha, a government employee who was on his way to the CCL office near Raj Bhavan.
A medical representative, Mohan Kumar, who was headed home near Line Talab on a bike but got stuck in jam, added: “This area near the corporation office was never so congested before. In fact, it was quite peaceful as there are a lot of residential buildings around. But now, it’s a nightmare to drive on this route.”
RMC employees like PRO Naresh Kumar Sinha admitted that the area around the corporation office had become a snarl magnet of late.
“Already, there is the parking issue. Now, all vehicles seem to be headed this way. It’s quite a mess,” Sinha said.
Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargia said the problem would persist till the corporation’s new building was ready.
“Hopefully, we will be able to get a new building opposite Jaipal Singh stadium as Rs 10 crore has been released by the state. There will be adequate parking space for more than 200 vehicles at the new site. I know at present, corporation staff are facing a lot of difficulties in the absence of any proper parking lot. But there is little we can do,” he added.