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Problems with New One Way Street in Powai

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Powai recently got a new one way street. The often congested stretch from Blue Bell CHS, near SM Shetty school junction, up to Powai Plaza has been declared a one way street by traffic police. Signboards have been erected to advise people of this change. However, it seems that nobody is following the traffic rules. So what's the problem? Have people not noticed the new rules, or don't they care?

Vexed resident Sudhir Shetty says, "...I still find vehicles coming from all the directions. Moreover, the SM Shetty junction also bears a signboard banning the entry of heavy vehicles but I find water tankers and trucks loaded with heavy construction materials plying on this route.”

He further added, “Considering the presence of the school in the vicinity it is very dangerous, in fact the heavy vehicles have made the area accident prone. I don’t think putting up one way sign boards will serve the purpose because there are no cops to fine or keep a watch in the area,” he pointed out.

Interestingly, the Central Avenue Road also has sign boards which mentions parking on only one side of the road. Residents like prof Chanda K state, “In spite of these signboards, we find vehicles are being haphazardly parked on both sides of the road. The one way scheme is a good initiative but it is useless without proper implementation.”

Srinivas Sirigeri, from Jago India Movement, (JIM) a citizen initiated movement in Powai says, “We had highlighted the problem of traffic congestion to our MLA Naseem Khan. After pursuing the issue for so many months finally the traffic police have woken up and have declared the road as one way.

But it has not served the purpose as vehicles are entering from all the sides. We will therefore write to the commissioner of traffic police, as the menace still continues. The situation will improve only if there are cops present at the site to fine the offenders.”

Sanjay N, senior inspector from Saki Naka traffic division under whose jurisdiction the road falls, when contacted maintained, “We have received several complaints from residents regarding the traffic congestion that is why we have declared the road as one way with parking of vehicles on one side of the road.” He further assured, “We are serious about the implementation, our beat marshals will regularly monitor the area and we will ensure that vehicles parked on the wrong side are towed away.”

Article based on news report in the Times of Mulund-Powai.

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    Pradeep Deshpande

    April 19, 2010 at 7:10 am

    A rule is as good as its followers. We in India and particularly the gentry in Powai should be aware that enforcement is something that is woefully lacking in our country and it is here that the citizens can contribute by firstly following the rules and secondly encouraging their children and friends to do the same. We need to take pride in ourselves as Powaites and make our suburb a model to follow. It can be done – it must be done.

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    Ashutosh Sharma

    April 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    That’s not how any rule is implemented.
    If people do not spit in New York or do not travel without tickets, it is because they implemented a strict arrest policies for crimes as trivial as jaywalking during ’80s.
    Once people start following the rules, they keep on following them instinctively. Much like the story of monkeys in a cage who were splashed with water if any of them tried to eat bananas.
    If you know the story, you’d know what I am talking about.

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    April 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Well said Pradeep 🙂

    Ashutosh the traffic police in powai are pretty strict!

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    May 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    @Rahul: Ever seen a cop giving a ticket to anyone going on the above mentioned one way street?

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    May 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The proposal for making this busy street a one-way street maybe a good idea but it cannot be implemented in isolation. For people intending to reach areas further west, such as Lok Milan, Raheja Vihar and Nahar Amrit Shakti, where is the approach from Powai Plaza? The road which leads via Powai Vihar is already one-way due to road works and that might still continue for another 2 months. Again, if you thought you could do the long route and go on the JVLR and take a left near the Powai Police station, that approcah is also dug up for major road repairs. So, maybe enforcing the one-way street here is not viable, at least in the immediate future.

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    May 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    The issue are two:

    1. No entry board that is placed near Mainland China with no direction where is the “entry board”.

    – People still get confused with the roads / lanes in Hiranandani unless they find their way. So they follow the same route that they were using for years.
    – Adding to the no entry board, there should be a mention / direction of the “road to travel” to go to the other side. A rule is a rule. but if it is not placed correctly with the guidance then people tend to take the old method. i.e. not following the route.

    2. The “One Way” sign board near S.M. Shetty School. The problem is the same. Too many roads without direction to get confused . And even if there is direction, it is not placed hitting the eye ball.

    People staying in Hiranandani may / may not follow the rule because it is their home ground. But people traveling to Hiranandani definitely follow the rule as they are more worried to get caught.

    I have personally never traveled the parallel road of the same street but discovered 🙂 it when the One way board was placed..

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    Wilson Abraham

    June 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I guess Mr. Hiranandani never expected so many cars when he designed his complex. With the experience gained in powai he made sure that the complex in Thane had wider roads with better parking facilities for the shoppers. This level of poor planning however is a problem not just in powai but all over Mumbai. The blame actually lies squarely with the authorities that sanction these projects. How can we blindly ok a project without taking into account the impact it will have on the surrounding environment,water,sewage,roads.. Is it the lack of political will or the greed for easy money that makes us do what we do best ?? in the words of the famous sheikh chilli..try to cut off our own legs..

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    June 13, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Which ass designed the no parking on the left side of the road? It stands to reason that parking would be to the natural driving side of a road. Crossing to the right of a road to park defeats any advantages the ‘One Way’ might offer. Every time you turn right to park you stop traffic. And every time you reverse out of your parking position you go straight into the (so called) faster lane. Clearly the person who has designed this system has no brains or aptitude for this job.

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