<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Colaba residents have been complaining about the traffic police’s inaction on the issue of illegal and double parking in their area which leads to lane congestion, the traffic police on the other hand have expressed their helplessness to cater to these issues, stating that they are short on towing vans which is why they have been unable to take action against the parking violators.According to residents, since Colaba has several tourist destinations and heritage hotels which attract a large number of tourists, the illegal parking has proven to be a menace for a long time. “Private vehicles meant to ferry tourists staying in hotels or those who only visit the area for sightseeing are parked by the drivers in the peripheries of the residential colonies instead of hotel car parking or government authorised parking lots. This results in parking space crunch in the area,” said a resident.”Vehicles are often double parked or illegally parked in the bylanes where we reside. Whenever we inform the police to take action and clear the vehicles, the traffic police states that they do not have enough towing vans to clear the double or illegally parked vehicles. It is ironic that towing vans are readily made available whenever there is a VIP movement in the area and roads needs to be cleared,” said Subhash Motwani, President, Clean Heritage Colaba Residents’ Association (CHCRA).As per sources from the traffic police, the Colaba traffic division has only two towing vans — one each for four-wheelers and two-wheelers. “As the day progresses, influx of vehicles increase in Colaba area. We need at least two more towing vans to take action against violators,” said a senior traffic police officer.The residents have been complaining continuously about the congestion on roads, double parking, illegal parking, motorists violating traffic rules and vagrants on the footpath.MORE WOESDue to concretisation work on Boman Cawasji Boman Behram Marg, signboards have been uprooted causing confusion to motorists and creating issues on the roads.
The Regal Cinema lane going towards the Gateway of India is closed for vehicular traffic every Sunday. This brings the entire traffic into the by lanes where the residents have to suffer.
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