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Police to crack down on rule violators

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BLOCKED PATH: Pedestrians are forced to walk on the road as cars parked on the footpath obstruct their way. A scene from near Jos Junctionon M.G. Road.

KOCHI: Baburaj K.C., Circle Inspector of Kochi City Traffic, has said that his department is planning to clamp down on rule violators once schools reopened.

“Our focus would be on vehicles that are obstructively parked.” Traffic rule violators in the city are having a field day – parking at will on footpaths, congested junctions, free-left turns, U-turns, NH service roads and even in narrow roads. A few traders have engaged security guards to ‘reserve' the road in front for their customers, even if that causes traffic hold-ups. Illegal autorickshaw stands at junctions are another problem. Thus, pedestrians are forced to walk through the tarred portion of the road.

Former Director of National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) T. Elangovan said that options are aplenty to regulate parking. As a senior project engineer with the agency in 1980, he oversaw the implementation of a parking system in Kozhikode in which vehicles could be parked on one side of the road on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and on the other side on the rest of the days.

Optimal use of parking space is possible only if two, three and four wheelers are segregated and parked, Mr Elangovan said. “Above all, rule enforcement must be carried out in a sustained manner and not on a selective basis.”

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