Abandoned vehicles put on PMC `notice’ at last

Encroachment dept sticks warnings onto idle ones left on the roads over security concerns and blocking traffic
A bandoned vehicles piling up on city roads -blocking the way for pedes trians, commuters and wasting pre cious parking space -has now had the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) sticking notices onto them for road encroachment and security concerns.Sandhay Gagare, head of PMC’s anti-encroachment department, which has spearheaded this first-of-its-kind drive, said, “We have begun taking action on idle vehicles as they not only encroach upon the road, but also pose security threats. It is very difficult to drive vehicles along lanes in the city interiors owing to such vehicles taking up most of the space.We have issued notices to them and also informed the police stations about the security problem. In the notices, we have appealed to people to approach us and remove their vehicles. Otherwise, we will dump them. Notices are the only way to send the message across to these vehicle owners.“

The Peth areas are the most affected by these abandoned vehicles. As it is, the roads are narrow and there is very little space to widen them. Even that space is occupied by these vehicles, obstructing the free movement of traffic. Those parked temporarily are moved by the owners after a point of time. But the unused ones remain. According to PMC statistics, there are around 50,000 such vehicles. Most people prefer parking vehicles on the roads in front of their houses or societies. Till date, PMC officials have stuck notices on more than 5,000 such vehicles in different parts of the city. The notices clearly mention that the vehicles cause an obstruction to traffic flow and hinder public cleanliness. A deadline of seven working days is given to respond, failing which the encroachment department will be taking legal action. The colour, number and type of vehicle are also mentioned on the notices. According to the corporation law, officials are to stick notices so that PMC can instruct owners to remove or dispose of their vehicles within a month, of course, after charging a fine of Rs 2,000. If they fail to act on the instructions, the vehicles would be towed away and used as scrap.

Sachin Patil, a resident of Shivajinagar who works in a private company, said, “PMC should have to take action much earlier. This is a mammoth and long-pending problem.These vehicles have eaten up the road width in the Peth areas. Leave alone driving, it is difficult to even walk freely on these lanes. Now that the drive has begun, PMC should remove the vehicles as soon as possible.“

Sarang Gadgil, who lives in Shukrawar Peth and also works in a private firm, couldn’t agree more. “The old Peth areas have a perennial parking problem. The old houses don’t have special areas for parking. So, most of the residents park their vehicles on the roadside. However, idle vehicles lying there for years have majorly encroached upon the roads, so much so that we don’t have space to park our own vehicles. We did not know that PMC has the power to remove such vehicles. Now, we can promptly inform the civic body about such vehicles so that our internal roads can breathe free,“ he stressed.

The city has more than 2,000 km of road length. The width varies from 7.5 to 60 metres.There are 435 km of roads with a 7.5-metre width; most of them fall within the Peth areas.The worst affected by traffic congestion due to unused vehicles are roads between 7.5 and 20 metres. Most of these are two-way roads.

Source : Mirror