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Bhopal: Reserved lanes of smart road turns into illegal parking

Poor planning: Nearly 7500 residents living alongside the road are forced to park their vehicles on footpath and designated lane for cyclists

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:16 PM IST


Smart road  being used as parking lot. With 1 Ankur story | FP pic
Smart road being used as parking lot. With 1 Ankur story | FP pic
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BHOPAL: The very purpose of constructing smart road in the city stands defeated as the footpath and the lane reserved for cyclists on it have turned into an illegal vehicle parking zone.

The road, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan a month ago, is a perfect example of poor planning. Nearly 7500 residents who live in colonies alongside the road are forced to park their vehicles on footpath and lane for cyclists as the construction agency has not left any place for them to take their vehicles to homes.

The much hyped road project was constructed at an outlay of Rs 30 crore connects Polytechnique square to the Bharat Mata square. It took nearly four years for the construction agency to complete the project.

“The smart city company has also not ensured that an alternate route to take the vehicles inside colonies is developed so that they aren’t parked outside on the road,” the residents said.

These illegally parked vehicles often lead to disputes between the pedestrians and the vehicle owners. The residents are also often seen arguing with police whenever the latter reaches there to confiscate illegally parked vehicles.

Residents say that they have to use ladders put by smart city to reach the road. The ladders are also so narrow that lately a deceased’s body could not be taken to home from hospital.

Former corporator Shabista Zaki claimed that the ladders were set up wrongly so the body could not be taken to the deceased’s house. She alleged that the smart city company had not carried any survey of the area before developing the road.

BSCDCL officer Nitin Dave said the area was developed with all the required suggestions taken into consideration. We will address issues raised by people at the earliest, he added.

The road is equipped with facilities like smart poles, Free WiFi, lanes for pedestrians and cyclists and others. Security guards are deployed at the road to prevent any damage to saplings planted alongside it.

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Published on: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:16 PM IST