Jamshedpur : In order to curb encroachment problem on important roads in the steel city, the traffic wing of the district police has started using public announcement system for warning the vehicle owners before towing away the vehicles beyond the parking area.
For the first time the traffic cops are using loud-speaker for warning the vehicle owners before towing their vehicles. The traffic cop towed 10 cars and 14 two-wheelers from Bistupur main road and slapped penalty from the vehicle owners today.
Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) Srivendra said that the drive was introduced from the Bistupur main road and similar drive will be carried out in other localities also, including Sakchi, Golmuri, Mango and Jugsalai.
“We would earlier carry on our drive without giving any warning to the vehicle owners. But now we have started it in a different way so that the vehicle owners concerned will not have anything to complain against us. We are, therefore giving 30 minutes time by making announcing that the vehicle having registration number such and such is parked illegally,” said the traffic DSP.
He pointed out if the vehicle owners turns up within the 30 minutes time, then one drive away from the spot without paying penalty. But the one comes after this stipulated time, then not only one’s vehicle will be towed but the owner will be slapped with Rs 500 as penalty.
Srivendra, when queried, said that they have started using the public announcement system to warn the vehicle owners because in the event of they tow a car, it gets partially damaged.
“Despite series of campaign it seems the citizens of the city are simply not bothered with the ‘no parking’ signs put up all along the main roads. Vehicles, be it a four-wheeler or a two-wheeler, queued up in a cluttered is a common sight in the city. However with the towing of vehicles they are hopeful to teach the people civic sense. Unauthorised parking has become a major concern for traffic police and repeated special drives have been launched to provide free movement,” said an official.
Concerned over the rising cases of road mishaps in city and to ensure free flow of traffic on roads in the city, East Singhbhum district traffic police have decided to act tough on vehicle owners parking on unauthorised area. The idea is to keep a check on mishap points to reduce traffic congestion and accidents in city. The move comes after people complained of snail pace of movement of vehicles on roads as vehicles are parked on both sides of the roads making them narrower.