Andher Nagari :Delhi : Confusion in Lajpat Nagar

      The city of Delhi, the capital of India, has  many masters. Innumerable  government organisations and departments   conspire to make the lives of citizens miserable to the extent they can. Roads and parking areas come under PWD, NDMC, MCD, Traffic Police, LG, Chief minister and who have you.

       Instructions are issued independently by many departments on the same issue.           

Result is absolute confusion on the ground and misery for the citizens.

An extract from an article on the travails of citizens of Lajpat Nagar. 

  Visiting Lajpat Ngr? Check today’s parking plan  Megha Suri | TNN  New Delhi: Owning a car in Lajpat Nagar is becoming a problem what with every other day a new team of officials doing the rounds of Central Market and effecting changes in traffic and parking arrangements. The latest in line is the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, which visited the area on Tuesday and ordered a complete crackdown on parking. 
   

      The multiple and often contradictory changes in the circulation pattern of traffic have left shopkeepers, residents and shoppers baffled and a state of complete anarchy prevails in the area at present.
   ‘‘On Tuesday, the monitoring committee ordered that only one lane of parking will be allowed on Veer Savarkar Marg while all parking on Feroze Gandhi Marg has been prohibited. Some parking has been provided in the area in front of 3Cs cinema and a few other similar pockets on that side of the road. Shopkeepers and residents will not be allowed to park their cars in the area,’’ said a senior traffic police official. The police are planning a crackdown on unauthorised parking in the area from Wednesday. 
          

      Locals will reportedly be provided alternative parking space away from the market, which residents say is ridiculous. ‘‘We met the commissioner and were told that parking spaces will be earmarked for shopkeepers and residents within a day or two at MCD parks and a government hospital. Parking lots in the main market will be reserved for shoppers,’’ said Ashok Manchanda, president of the market association. 

         Said Arpita Sahni, a resident: ‘‘How can I park my car half a km away from my house all the time? This is completely ridiculous.’’

         Residents are also confused about the exact traffic circulation plan, which the traffic police have already changed thrice. The police clarified that the original plan — a one way movement with vehicles entering from Veer Savarkar Marg and exiting from Feroze Gandhi Marg will be reverted to.

       ‘‘There is so much chaos. Everyone goes everywhere. What was the point of making the main roads one-way if the direction of movement keeps changing every other day?’’ said N P Singh, another resident.
  

       Only last week, the MCD had banned all parking on the main roads on the grounds that it was causing congestion. According to MCD officials, parking was only allowed near the nallah, which was grossly inadequate to accommodate the rush of vehicles to the market. A week before that, the mayor had said that parking in the market will be handed over to the traders association, an idea which didn’t take off. 

          The traffic police, meanwhile, also wrote to MCD two weeks ago asking it to restrict parking to just one lane on the main road as people were illegally parking the vehicles on the main carriageway, constricting road space and leading to jams.

        As for the traffic circulation plan, the traffic police had reversed the direction of one-way circulation of vehicles from clockwise to anticlockwise last month, which meant that vehicles were entering the market from Feroze Gandhi Marg and exiting on Lala Lajpat Rai Marg from Veer Savarkar Marg.

       But this is being reversed again from Wednesday.

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