‘Are city roads vehicle workshops, shops’ display space ?’

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Imphal: Is it ineffective implementation of Manipur government orders against parking and using roads in front of city shops or ignorance by the public? This is a frequently asked public question.

Roads in Thagal Bazar and Paona Bazar are packed with vehicles as if the government allows public to park in front of shops.

The state government authorities had issued numbers of orders disallowing parking along the roads between shops in Thagal and Paona Bazars. However, vehicles are seen parked on the roads every day against the government orders.

Surprisingly, after police drive against parking on these city streets, people begin to park as if no action has been taken by the authority. The footpaths are piled up with sales display. This has been disturbing to pedestrians and those moving on the roads, said a senior man who was at Thangal Bazar on Tuesday.

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As for instance, two wheeler workshops have been occupying almost half of the road at Khoyathong area of Thagal Bazar. “Was the road constructed for workshops?” The old fellow questions. The footpaths are obstructed in these market places. The footpaths along the road from Khoyathong leading to state Legislative Assembly have vanished. Vehicles are parked independently in front of shops and mushrooming malls, he added.

Eviction order to remove encroachers along this road was issued. However, it remained impractical, the man said.

To ease traffic congestion and for the convenient for the commuters and pedestrians, state government had issued an order on April 7 on restriction of parking along the Thangal Bazar and Paona Bazar stretches for not more than 5 minutes.

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In the order issued earlier it was also mentioned that shop owners and residents along the stretches should park their vehicles behind Johnstone Higher Secondary School for Paona Bazar and on top of public parking space of Naga Nullah for Thangal Bazaar.

Before the issue of the order chief minister N. Biren Singh on his facebook wall posted a video mentioning the congested traffic scenario along the stretch.

In a government notification issued by executive engineer, Imphal West Division, PWD on June 27 it was mentioned that due to several unauthorised constructions and extension shops, railing, balconies, verandah, stair, ramp encroaching along the road side, footpath and drain including stacking of construction materials, debris and others resulting very inconvenience and disturbances to the commuters causing frequent traffic jams and unavailability of parking area.

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It further mentioned that all such unauthorised construction and others should be removed within 10 days ie by July 6.

In the order 10 streets of Imphal City are mentioned which are Thangmeiband road (Khoyathong junction to New Assembly); Youth Centre Leirak, Thangmeiband; Hijam Dewan Leikai, Thangmeiband; Chingakham Lampak to Lamphel Super market; Watham Leirak to Lairenhanjaba Leirak; Nagamapal to PHYLO; Road opposite DM College NCC office; Kangjabi Leirak; RIMS traffic Rotary to Lamphel Sanakeithel and Lamphel Super Market.

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