One of the main reasons for casualties is the encroachment of footpaths by motorists and hawkers forcing them to walk on the road and making them susceptible to accidents. Some footpaths like the one near Dr. Rajdenra Prasad circle on College road, one cant even walk as bikes are parked.
Similar scenes are there in many parts of the city. In many places, the footpath is occupied by street vendors blocking the entire pathway.
Today the Commissioner of Police has issued a press note that, such incidents cause trouble to pedestrians especially the school going children and senior citizens. Hence the citizens are requested not to park or make use of the footpath for any other use under than walking.
Footpaths are meant for pedestrians and anyone who occupies and encroaches them will be severely dealt with. The traffic police have initiated a drive this month to clear the footpath encroachment and slapping fines against motorists using them for parking and as thoroughfares.
What the Law Says:
If your vehicle is found parked on the footpath or anywhere else obstructing traffic, you will be fined Rs 100 and vehicle handed over to the law and order police. As Section 283 is cognizable, it’ll require cops to file an FIR and send you to court.
Section 283 Danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation — Whoever, by doing any act, or by omitting to take order with any property in his possession or under his charge, causes danger, obstruction or injury to any person in any public way or public line of navigation, shall be punished with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.