Illegal parking creates traffic chaos on city roads, authorities term it ‘survey’

Jasleen Kour
The illegal parking of private vehicles along roadside continues to create traffic chaos across the city roads, whereas concerned authorities term this practice as ‘survey’ to understand the need of spacious parking spots.
The lack of proper parking space for vehicles results in frequent jams across the city, especially Canal Road, BC Road, Gole Market, Apsara Road, Shalamar, High Court road, Panjthirthi, Residency road and Parade. Private buses operating illegally turn the road into a parallel Bus Stand.
“It is very irritating and time consuming to park the vehicle in congested areas of the city,” said Urvashi Sharma, a local citizen. Due to lack of parking, helpless people park their vehicles on the roads that results in huge chaos.
“Due to apathy of administration regarding this problem, people are facing problems especially the students and office going people,” said a student Umesh Rajput.
He added that most of the problem on city roads is caused by illegal parking, which one can notice along the road sides. “major portion of the roads are occupied by the uncivilized people, who park their vehicles on the roads, without caring about other commuters,” Rajput said and added
“There is need for a spacious parking in the city, but unfortunately the concerned authorities is not taking any lead in building it,” said a local shopkeeper at
Apsara Road.
In past few years many surveys have been done for multi-parking projects but till date concerned authorities have failed to provide a spacious parking to Jammu.
“It is difficult to park our car in any Super Market. We have to wait for at least one hour to find a space for parking,” said Mukesh Gupta, suggesting that even a five minutes roadblock due to lack of parking results in terrible jams. “To avoid the huge traffic mess, administration needs to come up with proper parking system,” he said.
Meanwhile, advocating the illegal parking alongside roads, Joint Commissioner Jammu Municipality- RS Jamwal said that they are following this practice to know the exact number of vehicles plying on the city roads.
“We are taking a kind of survey to record the number of vehicles registered in Jammu city. It will help us to develop parking space according to the number of the vehicles,” said Jamwal.
Pertinently, there are only nine parking lots under the JDA with capacity to park 1,200 cars and 500 two-wheelers. Plans for creating multi-parking structures at the bus stand and Shalimar and other projects have been struck at the survey level for the past five years and nothing has been done to make them functional, despite several official statements from the ministers holding the charge of urban development.

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