Despite citing terror threats as the main reason for the initiative, officials of the traffic police department failed to convert the right-hand side of the Fergusson College (FC) Road into a no-parking zone. They claimed that inadequate signboards, manpower shortage and unavailability of seniors as the reason for failure to implement the initiative. A ban on parking of vehicles on the 600-metre stretch -- from Gopalkrishna Gokhale Chowk near Hotel Goodluck up to Fergusson Girls Hostel — was supposed to be enforced starting yesterday.
Inspector Neelam Jadhav of the Deccan traffic division said, “We didn’t have enough no-parking signboards and manpower to implement the ban on Monday. Senior officials were also busy in a meeting at the police commissionerate in Camp for the upcoming Ganeshotsav festival.
We’ve now planned to install signboards on Tuesday, informing citizens about parking restrictions in the area. For the first 10 days, our staff will request citizens to follow the new norms. Action against offenders will be taken only after sufficient time is given to commuters to understand the new norms.”
Besides terror threats, parking on both sides had reduced the carriage width of the road that was turned into a one-way four years ago.
FC Road is about 24 metres wide, but four-wheelers and two-wheelers parked on either side occupy almost two lanes of the road. The proposed BRT route would further reduce the carriage width of the road. Keeping all these factors in mind, the traffic police decided to allow side parking only on the left-hand side of the road.
The decision to alter parking norms on the road was taken after the local police station asked the traffic police to ban parking on FC Road last year, as a few popular eateries and the British Council Library were located here.