Ajit Patil received a reply from the Belagavi Traffic Police ACP, regarding previously filed RTI with respect to the actions taken to obey the directions issued by the Hon’ble Karnataka High Court regarding footpath parking.
As per the reply received, the ACP claims the following: From the date of order till date.
Total Cases Amount Collected
Footpath Parking: 155 Rs.69000
Footpath encroachment: 101 Rs.10100
Riding on Footpath: 64 Rs.32000
Wrong Parking/Haphazard Parking: 4652 Rs.4432500
On the face of it, it appears like Belagavi Traffic Police is doing a commendable job and have managed to collect about Rs.4,54,3600 fine.
However, when one takes a closer look at the data given, one will very soon realize that the reply is no less than misleading to divert the attention from the true problem, one can very well notice that there has been blatant negligence by the officials in actually interpreting the true intentions of the Hon’ble High Court’s directions regarding Footpath being encroached.
If the Officials could file 4652 cases for wrongful/haphazard parking on the road, can’t the same thing be done for vehicles on the footpath, which is rather a bigger offense, why were there only 155 cases of footpath parking?? Or just 101 cases of footpath encroachment?? Is it because the Traffic Police were already regulating the Footpath violations (Which we all know is not true) or is it simply because the Police did not o give any heed towards Footpath parking or the Hon’ble High Court order for that matter.
The morning jogger/walker can barely use the footpath, the situation is the same across the city, multiple complaints to the Traffic Police personnel have yielded no result and now even the Hon’ble high court’s order isn’t been taken seriously.
Previous Blogs on the same matter.