Parking goes for a toss due to lack of traffic personnel

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Jamshedpur : Parking chaos has returned back on Jamshedpur’s Bistupur Main Road as traffic cops along with government crane deputed for towing away parking rules violating vehicles have gone missing.

The reason is the Election Commission guidelines states that no officer connected with elections, directly or indirectly, should be allowed to continue at the present district of
posting if she or he was posted in her or his home district or if she or he had completed three year in that district during the past four year or would be completing three year on
or before May 31.

The city traffic police had on January 15 deputed a government crane on Bistupur Main Road meant to tow away vehicles found parked in prohibited areas on 350 m stretch from Kwality restaurant to N Road (near Bistupur traffic signal) which had acted as a deterrent and prevented noparking violation on this stretch.

Deputy superintendent of police (traffic) East Singhbhum, R. M Sinha admitted of parking violation but said that manpower crunch and lack of senior officers has tied their hands from launching a crackdown. He however assured to resume the crackdown on parking violation with
the deputation of new officers in city.

An array of cars lined up brazenly in front of hotels, shopping complexes and the numerable chowks causing traffic jam at varied hours are often not monitored.

When asked about the presence of traffic personnel at these places, traffic official said, “People from traffic department are there but not after 9 pm. There are couple of areas where the monitoring is done till 10 pm but not after that.”

When questioned on charging of fines from the people, he asserted, “We charge `90 of fine from people parking in ‘No Parking’ zones but it is difficult to fine everybody. We would look into the matter and start a campaign soon on that.”

One of the other reasons for the traffic trouble could be that more cars are out on the roads for people to round up their shopping. Commercial places like Sakchi, Jugsalai, Baghbera are the worst hit places. Police are facing tough times in controlling the traffic movement.

The traffic problem is adding to the woes of road users with the congested roads, lack of parking places, poor traffic sense among road users, especially the auto rickshaw and mini buses.

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