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Okhla residents battle parking chaos

There was a time when people in Okhla used to complain about the single-lane Kalindi Kunj-Abul Fazal Enclave road, writes Wasiul Hasan.

After a lot of hues and cries, and by the collective efforts of the local leaders, the problem was finally solved a few years ago and the road was widened to a neat 20 feet road.

It was a big relief to the locals, but it soon became an anathema because people started parking their vehicles, thus narrowing the already-widened road again to a mere half; where only one vehicle could pass at a time with no overtaking, as is the norm in Delhi or for that matter the whole of India.

With heavy traffic on the road, including the DTC buses, the traffic jams are such a common thing there, thus increasing the suffering of Okhlaiites.

The solutions, however, are aplenty but a proper coordination with the authorities is immensely needed.

Easing traffic chaos needs a few steps, like policing, creating awareness among people and making multi-level parking lots the locality.

I request local politicians to stop getting involved in blame game and rather get down to some real work so that traffic chaos is eased at the earliest with residents heaving a sigh of relief.

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