NAGPUR: Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said the central government is preparing a new policy to increase the penalty on illegal parking on roads from Rs.200 to Rs.1,000 and also reward the complainants. He said the policy was required to free the roads of illegal vehicles. Talking at the concluding ceremony of a workshop on Smart City here, Gadkari said those complaining about illegal parking will be rewarded with Rs.200 each. “Anyone can click pictures of illegal parking on roads and put them in the system,” he said.
With the traffic police failing to monitor and initiate action, illegal parking can be checked in an effective manner if the policy becomes a reality. Moreover, roads will also become free from traffic congestion and mishaps. “I can’t understand how building plans get sanctioned without parking places. I ensured enough parking place on my residential premises itself. The collector, commissioner of police and municipal commissioner should jointly check encroachments and ensure that roads are used only for conveyance,” Gadkari said.
The city MP said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has identified around 40 accident-prone spots in the city. “80 accident-prone spots were identified earlier. One of the spots was Ajni Aquare. Proper planning at the spot reduced mishaps. Agencies like Nagpur Improvement Trust (NIT) should work on these accident-prone spots and make changes,” he said.
Supporting the NIT, Gadkari said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis always demanded its abolition. “Fadnavis made the demand when I was guardian minister. I did not agree on the issue. Agencies like NIT should exist in the city to identify and work on issues such as accident-prone spots and development of markets. I, along with NIT, ensured construction of compound walls around public utility lands and develop these for playgrounds. Such initiatives are very much needed from the NIT,” he said.
Citing the proposed widening of Kelibag road, Gadkari said the such initiatives are needed for transforming Nagpur into a Smart City. “How many times the court had given stay on widening of Kelibag road,” he questioned.
Gadkari said the need was to develop food malls as per requirement of the people. “The area below Ambazari lake embankment was a good location for food mall. Many cannot afford to go to malls and restaurants for food. It will also create employment. Projects of Smart City should resolve the people’s issues. Therefore, the NMC should make Smart City plans in two phases. Attention should be given to develop markets for vegetable, non-vegeatables and fruits to prevent these from coming on roads. Besides, there is also a need to prepare proper plans for management of solid and liquid waste that will ensure prevention from air and water pollution,” he said.
Stressing the need to convert weakness into strength, Gadkari said bureaucrats need to speed up policy decision for Smart City. “The NMC’s sewage treatment project was planned in 2006 but was inaugurated in 2016. The delay will escalate the project cost. Bureaucrats neither take decisions nor implement these on time. The need is to maintain transparency but in a time-bound manner,” he added.
Agencies like NIT should work on accident-prone spots and make changes accordingly
Widening of roads needed for transforming Nagpur into a Smart City
Develop food malls as per requirement of the people
Attention should be given to develop markets for vegetable, non-vegetables and fruits
Proper plan needed for management of solid and liquid waste
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