Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police in collaboration with the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated a joint eviction drive from Wednesday to tackle the parking menace at the Unit-I marketplace.
Addressing mediapersons in this regard on Thursday, Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Traffic DCP Sagarika Nath informed that in order to declutter the junction between Rajmahal Square and AG Square, only four-wheelers will be allowed to park on the roadside.
It will be a single line parking at a 45-degree angle which will ensure free movement of traffic on the three-lane road. For the parking of two-wheelers, the BMC has developed the cycle-stand parking near Capital Police Station into a proper parking lot. No more two-wheelers or fruit vendors will be allowed on the roadside.
Nath asserted that the decision has been taken under the leadership of Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi with full cooperation from the BMC. A multi-level car parking is also been developed by the BMC on the other side of Unit-I market.
It is a long term plan and it will be the aim of Commissionerate Police to enforce the parking restrictions continuously. Asking the public to follow the restrictions, Nath also informed that the Commissionerate Police will soon issue a notification regarding the amount of fines to be collected for illegal parking.
In the first phase, the people will be made aware that two-wheeler parking is not allowed on the road. If it is violated, they will be penalised in coming days.
Nath further informed that a notification regarding the alternate routes in the in-lines of Bapuji Nagar will be issued at the earliest. The in-lines will function as one-way as per which people entering the first lane will have to exit through the second lane.
Besides, there will be alternate parking as per which if vehicles are parked on the left side of the road on Monday, it will be parked on the right side on Tuesday. Because of it, no business owner can complain that the vehicles are being parked regularly in front of his store.
Traffic ACP along with Amin and RI have already marked the places, police will be deployed at the spot for few days to enforce the system. Besides, the Commerce Association and Citizen Forum of Bapuji Nagar have decided to provide four to eight security guards who will be appointed as special police officers (SPOs) to regulate parking.