With no traffic management plan in place and haphazard parking being a regular sight, traffic jams have continued to plague Valpoi town putting motorists to a lot of hardships.
During peak hours, visitors to business establishments in the heart of the town are left stranded sometimes for hours together and long queues of vehicles are witnessed in the town almost every day.
The ongoing festive season and monsoon have exacerbated the problem with visitors parking their vehicles along roadsides when they come to do shopping.
While on the other hand, Valpoi bus stand located less than a kilometre from the main market area wears a deserted look on most days, with commuters refusing to use the state-of the art premises that was thrown open in 2014.
“Locals find it difficult to walk to the bus stand with their daily shopping,” said police personnel deputed in the market area to man traffic. Pointing towards the haphazard parking, a resident of Valpoi said that bus operators are using the bus stop at the market and when the buses line up there it causes constant traffic problems in the area.
“Haphazard parking of two-wheelers should not be allowed in the market area. VMC should notify no parking zones and make two-wheeler riders use the basement parking,” said Sabrin Shah, a teacher by profession.
Another resident said that many office goers, whose offices are located out of the town, park their two-wheelers full day along the roadsides that contributes to traffic congestion.
Many parents said that parking zones near schools are also a problem. “Authorities should not allow parking of buses and heavy vehicles along the main road while one-lane parking should be made on the internal roads of the market area,” said a parent.
According to available information, since 2014, Valpoi Municipal Council along with other stakeholders has had series of meetings on implementing traffic plan, however, it has not become a reality till date.
When contacted VMC chairperson Akhtar Shah, he said the time-frame of traffic plan that was implemented on trial basis is over and they have received a few suggestions which will be discussed. “VMC will now initiate a drive and identify vehicles including two-wheelers that are parked for long hours, thus causing congestion. Very soon council members along with other stakeholders will have a meeting to discuss on the suggestions received before the plan is implemented,” Shah stated.