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Abandoned cars parked on important roads a menace: KMC

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has raised questions about unused old cars and damaged vehicles that have been parked on many important roads, ahead of the drive against illegal night parking, which will start from the first week of February.
Senior civic officials want these cars to be fined but questions have been raised as to who will pay the penalty, as during the drives at night, neither the owner of the garage who has parked the vehicle on the road nor the owner of the car is available.
Old and damaged cars are parked on a stretch on AJC Bose Road at Mullickbazar. The vehicles have been parked for many months and some of them have been parked for years. The owners have not taken back the vehicles from garages and the garage owners have parked them on the street.
Civic officials said these vehicles pose a serious threat as they are considered to be abandoned cars. "Unless steps are taken now, the garage owners will continue to park them on the main thoroughfares," the officials said. Vehicles have been parked on all the roads surrounding Park Circus at night.
The police stations also park old and used cars in front of the thanas. The police have their yard where unused cars are kept but due to shortage of space, the cars that are parked in front of several police stations, cannot be parked there.
Also, the vehicles are required for investigation, senior police officers said. However, the officers could not say how long they take to complete investigation, after which the vehicles can be taken to the yard, which is situated off Eastern Metropolitan bypass.
Civic officials said they will meet their counterparts in police and attempts will be made to take a decision regarding the issue.

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