Hyderabad: Illegal parking by a travel agency at Vidyanagar junction is giving a tough time to residents of VST and old Nallakunta.

Residents said the illegal parking is leading to constant traffic jams and hampering the smooth movement of pedestrians.

“The owners of the travel agency park their minibus and cars on the road. We are forced to drive through the small passage left on the road. There is always a logjam,” said S Ramalingam, resident of VST.

Residents said it has become difficult to travel during peak time. "We have complained to the traffic police, but the problem of illegal parking has not been resolved," said R Sree Kumar, resident of VST.

“We have filed a complaint on the traffic helpline and even tagged the department on Twitter. Later the traffic department removed the vehicles. The next day, however, erring operators again parked their vehicles on the road,” said S Ramalingam.

Talking to NewsMeter, Nallakunta traffic inspector Narendra Rao said because of the lockdown the travel agency doesn’t have the income to run these minibuses. “They don’t have drivers who can move these vehicles. They do not have money to pay for the parking space,” he said.

Rao said traffic police has generated challan against these agencies for violations. “We have told them to shift these vehicles to some other place,” he said.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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