21 Apr 2017 12:54am IST
Samir Umarye Bicholim
The RTO, BMC & Traffic Cell had demarcated several places for parking and some lanes were also notified as one-way; despite all efforts traffic congestion still continues to be the order of the day
The traffic violations in Bicholim seem to be never ending despite the traffic department tightening its noose around the traffic rule violators.
It may be recalled that the traffic cell in Bicholim, which was long pending demand, finally saw the light of the day in 2015, with only a few police personnel.
The RTO along with the Bicholim Municipal Council and the Traffic Cell had demarcated several places for parking and some lanes were also notified as one-way. Despite all efforts traffic congestion still continues to be the order of the day.
“There are many areas in Bicholim, which are notified as one-way but nobody follows the rules. At many places, one will find a car parked in the two-wheeler parking area. The police too have failed to initiate any action in this regard,” complained Vinayak Chari, a resident of Bicholim.
As per the rules, the road leading to the Bicholim market has been notified as one-way and a signboard has been installed. Hardly, anyone pays heed to this. During the bazaar day there is no place for parking even for two-wheelers.
The traffic snarls are witnessed near the Bagayatdar Bazaar, which is a narrow road and notified as one-way.
“This is one of the busiest lanes in Bicholim and despite being notified as one-way, cars enter the bazaar from both directions. To add to this, two-wheelers and cars are often seen parked on both sides of the lane leading to traffic congestion,” complained Kamat, a shopkeeper in the Bayatdar Bazaar.
Last week, a special meeting was held in this regard wherein the BMC, Traffic Cell and the RTO decided to take strict action against the traffic rule violators.
“We want the people to follow the basic traffic rules and we have asked the traffic police to initiate strict action against the violators,” BMC Chairman, Satish Gaonkar informed.
“There should be discipline on the road. We will initiate action against those violating the rules. If there is any abandoned car parked then the owner will be taken to task. Besides this, there will be zebra crossing and special parking place for physically challenged persons as well,” Gaonkar further informed.
After the meeting, the police initiated action against the traffic violators and several people were fined for entering the one-way route near the market and the Bagayatdar bazaar. The police sources said that the drive would continue in Bicholim.