Greater Noida Police has come up with a new strategy to ensure proper parking around residential areas.
Instead of towing away wrongly parked cars with cranes, a challan will now be pasted on the vehicle’s windscreen. The owner will get 15 days to pay the fine of Rs 400 at the particular police station and get the challan annulled. However, if he or she fails to do that, they will have to head to court to pay the fine.
Greater Noida Police hopes this will go a long way in disciplining reckless car owners, as going to court will make the process slower and more cumbersome. They will also have to pay at least Rs 500 more for the lawyer whose services they use.
Abhishek Yadav, SP Greater Noida, told City Spidey that this move would discourage people from parking their vehicles anywhere they please. He added that Circle Officer Arun Kumar Singh had been entrusted with the responsibility of implementing this drive in Greater Noida.
Areas such as Jagat Farms, Alpha Commercial Belt, Ansal Plaza, MSX Mall, Sector Alpha 2 and Sector Gamma 1, especially near the main roads and the market, have been facing a lot of parking issues of late. About 25 vehicles are being towed away every week. Not only is hiring cranes getting too expensive for the police, it’s also taking up too much of its time.
Elam Singh Nagar, president of the Federation of Greater Noida RWAs, welcomed the move.
Pankaj Pandey, a resident of Sector Alpha 2, agreed. “It’s a nightmare entering the sector from the market area every evening. Thank god some check has been put in place to curb erratic parking.”