Pulwama town sans parking space

Greater Kashmir

Pulwama, May 27: As the number of vehicles multiplies with each passing year, the parking space in this south Kashmir town has been shrinking accordingly, leaving no parking space for most of the vehicles, leaving the car owners fuming.
 “The number of private vehicles has increased manifold in the district, but the parking space for the vehicles has remained the same,” a group of car owners told Greater Kashmir.
  “The roads in the town are already narrow and with vehicles locked into long queues inching forward at a snail’s pace, both commuters and the pedestrians are always at the receiving end, some wasting time in cars and others risking accidents.
 “With vendors occupying the edges of the roads, people are forced to park their vehicles on the roadside as they don’t have any other option,” Tariq Ahmad Bhat, a resident told Greater Kashmir, adding, many a times the parked vehicles suffer damages due to swerving cars that hit them amid traffic mess.
 “The wrong parked vehicles force the people walk on the main road posing threat to their lives,” Bilal Ahmad, a student said.
  The residents said that the traffic authorities and district administration lift their vehicles for parking them on roadsides, besides, imposing heavy fine without providing them alternative.
  “There is no parking facility available for the vehicles in the entire town. Hundreds of vehicles are usually parked on the main road. But the management is playing mute spectator’s role,” the residents added.
  “Instead of easing out the problem, parking related woes in the town are rising day by day,” said a group of Sumo drivers.
  “The government should identify land and construct a parking lot for the betterment of the people,” the residents demanded.
  “Many people have illegally encroached upon the state land and have constructed shopping complexes. The authorities should initiate action against them and utilize the same for parking facilities as well as other purposes,” the residents added.