| Vegetable vendors do brisk business under Jagdeo Path flyover on Wednesday, while (right) cars are parked under a flyover in Calcutta. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Police propose, and opposed too.
With the men in uniform having sent the district administration a proposal in connection with turning space under flyovers as parking zones, Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam has asked the cops to first conduct a survey.
Patna traffic superintendent of police Rajeev Mishra said a survey would be done shortly in association with the district administration to solve parking problems.
“Parking zones are less in the city and people park their vehicles at wrong places, which leads to unnecessary snarls. We penalise many vehicles every day on the pretext of wrong parking. If the vehicles are wrongly parked in the congested areas, the picture of the vehicles are clicked and sent to the district transport office (DTO) so that their licences can be impounded,” he said.
“However, the police have planned to create new parking spaces and decided that the space under the flyovers was a good choice. A letter regarding the same was sent to the district magistrate as well. Recently, we have received a letter from Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam — the custodian of flyovers and bridges — asking us to first carry out a survey and then go ahead with the plan. The areas under almost all the flyovers have been encroached by shops and other small establishments. Hence, we have been asked to first go for a feasibility study and then act. The work regarding the same will be started soon,” the senior police officer added.
Sources said the letter from the police was forwarded to Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam by the district administration for consent and the Nigam in turn asked the cops to first check and then decide.
“Space under all the flyovers has been encroached. The flyover, which starts from Sheikhpura Mor to Jagdeo Path, is under construction at present. The structure too has seen encroachments in some parts. The same can be said about other flyovers too. In such a case, the police first need to do a proper study and find out which areas will be feasible. Removing any encroachment is a daunting task for the district administration always and it leads to protests, violence and unrest,” an official of the local administration said.
The Telegraph on Wednesday visited at least four areas, which had flyovers, and found the space under each one of them has been encroached by stalls selling fruits and vegetables, betel shops among others.
“The space underneath the Chiriyatand flyover can be turned into a good parking area and the pressure on areas like Exhibition Road, Dakbungalow Road and others can be drastically reduced. However, the whole space under the flyover is heavily encroached. The same can be said about the areas like the GPO roundabout near Patna Junction station, Bhikhari Thakur flyover near Jakkanpur among other areas. With all these areas facing heavy encroachment, the parking plan will work only after steps are taken to remove the intrusions. There are many areas in which people have made their homes under the flyovers. There have been attempts to remove them but it led to protests and violence,” the official added.
Police sources said they would study as to which flyovers were apt for the creation of parking spaces. “If the police come up with a parking space at the under-construction flyover at Jagdeo Path, the area will see more snarl as the project is far from complete. The police can take steps only after the construction is over. However, the area under the Chiriyatand flyover is a good space and so is the flyover near Patna Junction. The police will choose spots and will then seek the administration’s directions regarding the removal of encroachments from these places,” Mishra said.