Vigilance department steps in to check rampant graft in parking sites
Gurugram: In response to various reports widespread corruption prevalent in the parking sites and the evergrowing stronghold of the parking mafia in Gurugram, the state vigilance has stepped in to prevent the loot. It has sought the report from various public agencies over the steps being used to prevent irregularities.
Recently, it was unearthed that how in the name of the government parking site fake officials were operating the parking sites in prime areas and in turn raking in more money than was prescribed.
Moreover, it was also noticed that most of the parking spaces had dysfunctional CCTV's and the officials in these sites were not the authentic employees of the public agencies. Recently one of the major parking mafias was busted in Gurugram where the mafia encroached upon the government land in Sector -54 and began to use it as a parking space demanding exorbitant sums form the commuters. It has also come to the notice of the public officials that how people using the fake identity are demanding more than the prescribed amount of parking fee in commercial sectors of 29, 44 and 56 that witnesses number of traffic. Subsequently, an investigation has been initiated into the matter.
Owing to the lack of parking spaces just in one month due to illegal parking over 1,689 vehicles were towed in the city. Sources in the Gurugram Police also highlighted that as the complaints of illegal parking and altercation related to parking slots is coming not only from main roads but also residential areas. "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 not parked in the right place block traffic in busy areas but also make 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 has come up with schemes of free parking inside the basement of the malls to using vacant areas as parking spots. Yet, the schemes have not proved to be successful in resolving the parking woes.
Tarun Chugh, a resident of 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 by MCG to create more parking spaces in the city. With the lack of parking spaces, various touts are operating in the city who charges high rates from the commuters who want to park their vehicles."