MANGALDAI, Sept 22 - Disappointed with the alleged apathy of the authority concerned to check the unauthorized use of the busy stretch of the NH-15 within the Mangaldai municipal area by commercial vehicles, a group of lawyers of Mangaldai led by senior lawyer and prominent human rights activist Jayanta Deka recently moved the court appealing its interference over the matter.
They pointed out that commercial passenger vehicles use the entire stretch of NH-15 within the municipal area as their parking station much to the inconvenience of other road users thereby turning the national highway into a unsafe place for private vehicular movement or pedestrian traffic.
Moreover, these passenger vehicles owners totally ignore the two designated parking station located at Begamukh and Bhebarghat on the edges of the NH at a distance of some three kilometres. And, in stead, they park their vehicles along the highway.
The worst affected areas are � eastern side of the Ram Janaki temple near no. 1 traffic police point and the Bhebarghat Chariali. With almost all the important offices and institutions located in this stretch of the road including DC office, Mangaldai Police Station, Revenue Circle Office, Mangaldai College, Mangaldai Town Girls� HS School etc., walking in the area during peak hours becomes perilous.
The manner in which these vehicle owners park their vehicles on the NH treating it as their own yard has caused public nuisance and such nuisance has badly affected the free and safe movement of common men including the petitioners.
The petitioners demanded before the court to declare the said stretch of the NH-15 within the municipal area as �Parking Free Area� and no passenger vehicle should be allowed to use that stretch of the highway for picking up and dropping passengers. The petition was filed on the provisions of the National Highway (Land &Traffic) Act-2002.