‘Responsible Parking’ drive held by Rotaract Club Palampur to deal with traffic trouble

PALAMPUR – With number of vehicles rapidly rising, roads in Himachal’s urban areas are now proving congested to handle the traffic load and long traffic jams are becoming a part of daily routine. For instance, in Shimla city, it’s nightmare to drive private four-wheeler. The travel time within 15 km radius of the city has stretched to hours from minutes. Other districts are also hit by the same trouble.

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Palampur in district Kangra is one of these places. Tired of nuisance created by poor parking habits of drivers and with a motive to help reduce down irresponsible parking, Rotaract Club Palampur held a ‘responsible parking drive’ in Palampur on Sunday. More than 300 drivers were educated about responsible parking practices. The members also placed stickers mentioning drivers name and phone number on the windshields of the cars.

It’s true that poor attitude of drivers, wrong parking and insensitive behavior towards others on road adds to the misery. Like typical Indians, majority of people don’t care how their wrongly parked cars become traffic nuisance. People do not use commonsense and have almost no clue about common interest of their own society. So, it makes sense to revive these faculties within people and educate them about dos and dont’s while parking their vehicles.

Charter President of the Club, Gokul Butail, providing more information, said that in many situations we encounter cars parked irresponsibly on roadsides, causing huge traffic jams and sometimes blocking way for emergency vehicles such as ambulances. In such situations, having the driver’s contact number on vehicle proves to be helpful. Butail further added that the club will hold more such drives in Palampur and surrounding areas in near future.

Rotaract Club Palampur is one of its kinds in Himachal. Such initiatives should have been started by HP Police a lot earlier. Awareness works better than fear, rudeness and challans in making long term reforms. The members of the club who participated in the drive include Princkle Chitra, Aashima Banta, Shikher Sood, Sahil Chitra, Aditya Saluja, Aditi Bali, Sunny Sharma and some others.

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