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Wednesday , November 21 , 2012
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Solution to traffic mess through four parking zones

- Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to set up lots on Rajpath near Unit-I and Unit-II daily markets

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 20: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation plans to set up four parking zones between Rajmahal Square and AG Square.

Three of these will be for parking four-wheelers, while the fourth will be exclusively for two-wheelers. Corporation sources said three of these parking zones, including the one for two-wheelers, would ease traffic congestion near Unit-I Daily Market, while another would help regulate traffic flow near Unit-II Daily Market.

“Keeping in mind that parking remains a major concern in the areas near both Unit-I and Unit-II daily markets, these four zones will be created. This would improve the flow of traffic as parked cars cause congestion on several roads. The parking zones will be made operational soon,” said a senior corporation official.

The corporation now has two parking lots each near both the markets. Sources in the corporation said the four proposed parking zones would be able to accommodate nearly 100 four-wheelers and 200 two-wheelers.

Parking of vehicles is a major concern near the market. Although two-wheelers are kept in the parking lots near both markets, four-wheelers can be spotted parked on the roadside creating traffic snarls during peak hours.

About 50,000 people visit both the markets everyday. “Without the presence of proper parking zones, we are forced to park our vehicles on the road. It becomes very difficult to park them near either market. The civic body must come up with more parking zones to ease traffic,” said Abhilash Lenka, a resident of Bapuji Nagar.

Earlier, the corporation had kept provisions for basement parking for the proposed renovation of Unit-I Daily Market. Although the civic body had set up rooftop car parking in a mall in Unit-II, it is yet to be made operational. As a result of this, four-wheelers are parked indiscriminately around the market, blocking the roads. The rooftop parking lot can hold nearly 100 four-wheelers at a time.

“The corporation must start the operation of the rooftop car parking lot in Unit-II. Without proper parking places, we are forced to park our vehicles a long distance away from the market,” said Sanat Das, a resident of Saheed Nagar.

Assistant commissioner of police (traffic), Bhubaneswar, Binod Das said unauthorised parking at both the market areas is the cause for traffic congestion. “In the past, we have written letters to the corporation to set up parking lots near both markets,” said Das.