The Telegraph
Thursday , January 16 , 2014
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Scary crane works wonders

No-parking signage isn’t scary, but a government crane deputed by traffic police to tow away vehicles definitely is.

After a series of more misses than hits, East Singhbhum traffic police has chanced upon a smart idea to curb illegal parking on Jamshedpur’s showpiece Bistupur Main Road — parking a crane.

Starting Wednesday, the traffic police are deploying the government crane on Bistupur Main Road to tow away vehicles flouting parking rules.

The towing drive began around 8.30am. In a jiffy, the crane towed away 15 bikes and three cars violating parking norms to Bistupur police station.

As word spread, people who normally park on the 350m stretch from Kwality restaurant to N Road everyday, decided to steer clear of it. The no-parking area stayed without parking.

The traffic policeman admitted to failure in controlling the no-parking menace on this key stretch and added this forced them to park the government crane in clear view.

This will go on for an indefinite number of days, till commuters learn “self-discipline”.

“The department’s crane is kept at Sakchi police control room. We used to bring it out only during emergencies involving accidents. This time, we decided to keep it on Bistupur Main Road itself to remind people of the immediate consequences of encroaching on a no-parking area,” said traffic DSP R.M. Sinha.

Earlier, traffic policemen used a private small crane for towing away vehicles found parked in prohibited zones. But, this did not work, because the crane could tow one vehicle at a time, making the process too slow and cumbersome to be truly effective.

The government crane, on the other hand, can tow away 10 two-wheelers and two cars at a time. Traffic police fine Rs 500 for bikes and Rs 700 for cars flouting parking rules.

Bistupur has earmarked parking zones — on L Road near Bank of Baroda and on N Road, behind the Congress party office and on the grounds facing Chuna Baba Bazar, also on N Road. But commuters find it more convenient to park vehicles in no-parking zones near shopping complexes.

Signage and grilles announcing these did not have an effect. The crane did on Day One.