BHOPAL: In yet another interaction with residents of Kolar on Monday, a new set of problems faced by people came to light. From lack of parking spaces to encroachment on roads causing traffic jams and open drains, the residents are facing a number of civic problems every day.
Sunil Gupta who runs a stationery shop near Sarvdhram complex said, “Chaatwalahs and fast-food vendors encroach upon the already limited spaces. Stray cattle and dogs are commonly seen feeding on wastes near the overflowing garbage bins. These stray animals squat right in the middle of the roads causing traffic hurdles.”
Vehicles parked near the vendors eat into the already narrow lanes. Commuters, specially two-wheeler riders, find it difficult to drive even during non-peak hours. “People who come to have fast-food or purchase fruits and vegetables, are left with no option but to park their vehicles on the roads. The vehicles are parked in an odd fashion near the roads, blocking the side as well as the road. Commuters have a hard time navigating their vehicles and sometimes narrowly avoid accidents. There is a dire need to remove the encroachment so that the problem of traffic congestion is solved.”
“This is a busy road with a big commercial complex along. A proper parking space near each complex is necessary. There are open spaces in front of the shops where vendors set up their stalls and block the area. If we park near the road, the vehicle are towed away by the traffic cops. A number of times bigger vehicles ram into parked vehicles causing damages,” said Abhay Awasthi, a private employee.
Open drains are another menace residents of the area are facing.
“When we call the civic helpline numbers to clean the sewers, they take out the solid waste and let it dry by the side. As it dries, it becomes light and gets swept back into the drains. The drains need to be covered to prevent them from getting choked. However, despite several complaints, the situation remains as it is,” said Usha Kushwaha, a housewife living in Kolar.