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Congested Daryaganj becomes dumping ground for old cars

Congested Daryaganj becomes dumping ground for old cars
The already narrow roads of Daryaganj have now become a dumping ground for old cars, leading to round-the-clock traffic jams in the area, which become harrowing during the peak hours.

According to residents, over 250 such old cars have been abandoned on the roads, leading to jams, but Traffic police and local civic body never pays heed to the complaints of residents and only pass the buck. A team of Millennium Post visited the area to witness the harrowing situation.

‘These abandoned cars have been lying here for the last three to four years. We are running from pillar to post, just to face lackadaisical approach of the Traffic police and officers of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC),’ said Ajit Prasad Jain, president of Federation of Residents’ Welfare Associations of Daryaganj, which represents 17 RWAs in the area. Jain also accompanied us to show the abandoned cars on both the sides of the roads near Shroff Eye Hospital, DAV School and Sardarni Sada Kaur School. ‘The school-going children, their parents and residents face problems but no official is paying heed to our complaints. We have submitted several written complaints to the local traffic inspector and Assistant Commissioner of Police of Traffic, and also led representations to senior police officers but to  no avail,’ added Jain.

He also showed applications written to local MLA Talvinder Singh Marvah and local councillor Simi Jain, requesting them to help out the citizens of the area. 

Besides these abandoned cars, motor mechanics have opened their workshops on the roads, and have encroached over two-third of the roads, leaving only a single lane for vehicular movement.

‘They are running their business at the cost of citizens, with the connivance of local police, Traffic police and officials of the municipal corporation,’ said Kumkam Jain, a senior advocate in the area. The encroachment on the main roads is prevalent even on Ansari Road, one of the main roads in the area, leaving no space for pedestrians.

From here, the Millennium Post team made its way through the congested traffic towards Subhash Marg market, where cars were parked on both sides of the road, and the footpaths had been encroached by vendors, leaving just a single lane for vehicles.  ‘During the peak hours, you can’t move here,’ added Jain. ‘It is the responsibility of the Traffic police and local police,’ said Kishan Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Central Zone of SDMC.

The police officers, on the other hand, appeared ignorant about the situation. ‘I am not aware of the problem. I must visit the area tomorrow and take immediate action,’ said Suresh Yadav, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Central Zone. He added that he joined his post in the area around a month ago.

Daryagunj has many heritage and tourist places, such as Delhi Gate, Khooni Darwaja, Ghata Masjid, Ambedkar Stadium and Shahidi Park.
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