Mysuru: In a bid to address the decades old parking related issues on D Devaraja Urs road, city police are ready to restrict parking timings.
D Devaraja Urs road one of the prominent roads in the heart of the city is known as a shoppers hub. However the increasing number of vehicles irrespective of that of traders and shoppers has resulted in a lack of adequate space for parking.
Following this, senior citizens and public had raised complaints, prompting Devaraja Traffic police to draw a new plan to address the issue.
Police on Thursday interacted with the traders of Devaraj Urs Road, senior citizens and other stake holders to elicit their opinions and find out solutions in a concerted way.
Devaraja Urs Road forms a stretch of 900 metres from KR Circle to Maharani’s College junction. While there is a restriction on parking in the radius of 50 metres of K R circle. The 820 metres of road is allotted for parking 220 cars. But, majority of the space is occupied by the cars parked throughout the day, depriving the general public and shoppers the due space. It was a tug of war between many civic agencies in the last three decades.
Now, police are ready to penalise those vehicles parked for a stretch of more than four hours.
Earlier MCC had decided to introduce pay and park on Urs road, and also called tenders, which met with no response. While the Town Hall parking lot is in dispute.
D Devaraja Urs Road Merchants Association President Veerabhadra Y said “we initiated the conversation with all the government bodies. D Devaraja Urs road was developed 42 years ago and we are facing many problems for the last several decades. Mysuru City Corporation, District administration and Mysuru City police are aware of the issues. We first need alternative and safe place for parking our vehicles”, Veerabhadra said.
Other traders Arunachalam and Keshav expressed the inevitability to give due space for the customers to improve business. In this wake, we also suggested few places in the previous meeting at Gaadi Chowka and Nanjaraj Bahadur choultry and Town Hall. We want the police to execute new plans, both said.
ACP (traffic) Sandesh Kumar said “We have gathered pin to pin details. A total of 316 shops are doing business, while 820 metres of road is allotted to parking- four wheelers at one side and two- wheelers on the other side. However, the problem is from four wheelers side, as only 220 cars can be parked. However 70 percent of cars belong to shop owners/ traders. Nearby residents also park their cars here. We have planned to cut down unnecessary parking”.
In this regard, we have planned to provide common rights to all the citizens mainly senior citizens and they cant park vehicles for more than four hours. So we have fixed the time limit and will deploy police and manually issue parking slips. In case of any violations, the wheel lock will be used to lock the vehicles. Besides, a fine of Rs 1000 will be imposed. We are concerned about all the public, not just the shop owners. We are ready to enforce the new plan along with SOP”, Sandesh Kumar said.
Mysuru City Traffic Advisory Committee representative Dr Ramesh said that ” Similar system is introduced at Brigade Road and commercial street in Bengaluru to address parking issues”.
Devaraja Traffic Police Inspector N Muniyappa exuded confidence that they will end the parking crisis and also plan for alternative transportation, especially cycling as it benefits the environment and helps in space management.
Shop owners and Devaraja Police station Sub-inspector Lepaksha were also present in the meeting.