Parking mafia menace continues in Gururgam
Gurugram: In a city where parking brawls have led to people committing crimes, the mafia continues to relish a major opportunity to mint huge bucks. Recently, one major parking mafia was busted in Gurugram wherein it had encroached upon the government land in Sector -54 and used it as a parking space demanding exorbitant sums from commuters.
It has also come to notice of the public officials that how people using fake identities are demanding more than the prescribed amount of parking fee in commercial sectors of 29, 44 and 56 that witnesses huge traffic. Subsequently, an investigation has been initiated into the matter. With the city reeling under the challenges of traffic mismanagement and lack of walking spaces, there have been various campaigns launched in the past to remove encroachments from the footpaths.
Sources in the Gurugram Police also highlighted the rise in numbers of complaints from the residential sectors, "In the social media of Gurugram Police, the Police receive maximum complaints on traffic challenges in the city. Most of the citizens have complained that wrongly parked vehicles are one of the major causes of traffic problems in the city," said a senior official from Gurugram police.
"Not only are the vehicles parked inappropriately and blocking traffic in busy areas but also makes it extremely difficult for pedestrians to walk in the city. We, therefore, will impose heavy penalty on people who park their vehicles wrongly," he further added.
In the past, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram had come up with schemes of free parking inside the basement of the malls and using the vacant areas as parking spots. Yet, the schemes have not proved to be successful in resolving the parking woes. Tarun Chugh, a resident of Gurugram sector-14 said, "Wrongly parked vehicles have become a menace in the city. Along with the much-required action by the Police, there is also a requirement to create more parking spaces in the city by MCG. With lack of parking spaces, various touts are operating in the city who charge high rates from commuters who want to park their vehicles."