Parking woes at Niwara refuse to ease

Sep 05, 2013, 02:05 IST | Salil Urunkar

Despite repeated requests to the traffic police by visitors at Niwara old age home, several four-wheelers are seen parked at the 'no parking zone' around the establishment

Though there are three no-parking signboards, people coming to nearby buildings such as SM Joshi auditorium, Patrakar Bhawan and Shikshak Bhawan often park their vehicles near the old age home in Navi Peth. This has been causing inconvenience to senior citizens living at the old age home as they find it difficult to navigate through parked cars.

No entry: Four-wheelers parked outside Niwara old age home cause inconvenience to senior citizens living there. Pic/ Sachin Thakare

On Wednesday, about 13 four-wheelers were seen parked outside the old age home, a senior citizen living there said. The 150-year-old establishment was earlier known as David Sassoon infirm asylum and was built after Jewish philanthropist donated a sum of Rs 50,000 for the construction.

Jugal Rathi, a regular to the gym housed inside Niwara said, “Even if the traffic police officials decide to take action against violators, the crane used by them can carry only one car at a time. Police should ideally lock the vehicles with jammers,” he added.

Police sub-inspector M V Bhosale from Vishrambaug Traffic Division said, “We have taken cognizance of the complaints made by senior citizens. After that we have taken strict action against 24 vehicles parked on the stretch. We will be conducting routine checks and take action in future too.” 

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