Parking gets easier on MG Road

Oct 21, 2014, 07:30 IST | Anuj Ismail

Instead of the recently introduced even/odd day parking, traffic police have devised a new system to ensure more parking space for two- and four-wheelers alike

Most motorists on Mahatma Gandhi Road (MG Road) will consider it nothing short of a blessing that the city traffic department has chosen to introduce a new parking system on the busy road, replacing the even/odd day parking arrangement there.

In the new system, there will be slots designated for both four-wheelers and two-wheelers, opening up much more parking space than before.

The move comes a month after the department had introduced the even/odd day system to ease the traffic flow along the thriving shopping boulevard.

Popular as it is, visiting MG Road can be a nightmare, with the sluggish traffic and encroached pavements, leaving barely any room to drive or walk. So the traffic police had introduced the even/odd day parking system along a 1,400-metre stretch – ostensibly to help the traffic flow in the area – but it ended up making matters worse, as motorists stalled traffic and argued over the few parking spaces left.

The department seems to have found middle ground now, however, with Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sarang Awad keeping one side of the road for two-wheelers, and the other side for four-wheelers. This will ensure that vehicles are parked systematically, still leaving enough room on the road for traffic to move smoothly.

Parking space will be marked out in three stretches along MG Road, with separate areas for two-wheelers and four-wheelers. The new system will be implemented till January 20, 2015.

Speaking to mid-day, Pandu-rang Gofane, senior inspector of Lashkar traffic division said, “The new parking system has been decided in accordance with the traffic scenario, to make adequate space for the residents and shoppers, so that they can park their vehicles. On one side of the road two-wheeler will be parked, and on the other, four-wheelers.”
“The area from Cantonment Court to the end of MG Road has been provided with angular parking slots for four-wheelers, leaving enough space for oncoming traffic as well. We will ensure that there is no double parking, and strict action will be taken against those who flout the new system,” he added.

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