PATNA TRAFFIC police have taken a cue from Delhi’s AAP government in introducing an “odd and even” policy. Unlike in Delhi, the Patna scheme is not about which vehicles can ply on which dates but about which side of the road is open to parking, depending on whether the date is odd or even.
Patna’s Nala Road recently became the state’s first road to introduce the new system for four- and two-wheelers together, followed by a few other roads where the scheme is being enforced only on two-wheelers as of now. The 1.5- km Nala Road runs roughly east-west and people can now park their vehicles on the northern side on odd dates and on the southern side on even dates.
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Patna’s busy stretches are often clogged with vehicles parked on either side of the road. Apart from starting the odd/even scheme on Nala Road, inaugurated by Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor, the city traffic police have cracked down on unauthorised parking, too. Police have started towing away vehicles parked at unauthorised places and introduced a fine of Rs 345 per two-wheeler and Rs 650 for a car wrongly parked.
The scheme has met with some resistance, with shopkeepers complaining about business getting affected because of the parking arrangement. Divisional Commissioner Kishor and SP (Traffic) P K Das said the new arrangement would ensure smoother traffic by freeing up one side of the road.
“We have identified 19 spots in the first leg and introduced the odd-and-even system simultaneously at some places.” These are Khaitan Market, Machhua Toli, Hathua Market and Thakurbari Road, with the system introduced only for two-wheelers now.
A traffic department official said the system is set to be introduced at at least 50 spots in Patna in the next six months. Once the rules kick in, only two-wheelers can be parked at busy marketplaces. Spaces under overbridges are used for paid or unpaid parking at localities such as Raja Bazar and Jagdeo Path.