GUWAHATI, April 28 - The Kamrup Metro district administration has banned parking of vehicles along the road from Khanapara Flyover Point to Ganesh Mandir at 9th Mile and declared the stretch as a �No Parking Zone�.
In an order issued today, District Magistrate of Kamrup Metro Dr M Angamuthu has also prohibited street vending activities and picking up of passengers by commercial vehicles in the stretch.
In his order, Dr Angamuthu, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA), said that haphazard and unsystematic parking of different commercial vehicles like tourist buses, trekkers, Wingers and also private vehicles at the Khanapara Flyover Point of National Highway 37, which continues till Ganesh Mandir in the 9th Mile area, is causing severe traffic congestion as well as inconvenience to the general public commuting through that road in that part of the highway.
�It has also been observed that such haphazard parking also increases the noise pollution and, thereby, adversely affects the academic atmosphere of the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara which is adjacent to that area. It is also to be mentioned here that the said portion of road is the entry point to Guwahati city, the gateway to the North East, and such chaos and traffic congestion will create an adverse impression on the public coming from other parts of the State or from other states,� said Dr Angamuthu.
He added that there is an immediate necessity to impose restriction on parking of automobiles as well as restriction on street vending in that particular portion from Khanapara Flyover Point to Ganesh Mandir 9th Mile area as there is every possibility of a serious breach of peace and public tranquillity.
�... do hereby prohibit parking of any type of vehicle as well as vending and picking up of passengers starting from Khanapara Flyover Point to Ganesh Mandir 9th Mile area and declare the said area as �No Parking Zone� with immediate effect and until further order,� said the order.
The district administration has also directed the Managing Director of ASTC, DTO (R&L) and DTO (RTA) to extend the city bus services up to Jorabat so that no inconvenience is caused to the public and passengers.
�DCP (Traffic) is directed to find a suitable place near Ganesh Mandir and 9th Mile area for picking and dropping of passengers. DTO (Enforcement) is directed to extend necessary support in this regard,� said Dr Angamuthu.
Circle Officer (A) of Dispur Revenue Circle Prasanta Kathkatia has also been directed to remove all encroachments on the left side of the NH-37 from Khanapara up to Ganesh Mandir at 9th Mile within seven days and the Chief General Manager of the NHAI has been directed to provide all necessary logistical support in this regard.