Even as the city struggles without proper parking facilities at commercial hubs such as T Nagar and Parry’s Corner, a few restaurants opposite Mount Road dargah have made the arterial road their private parking lot as many cars are seen parked near the central median even as the motorists have a tough time crossing the Anna Salai – GP Road junction due to heavy traffic.
While GP road which is dotted with shops selling car accessories on either side becomes choked during the peak hours, a part of Anna Salai on the either side have become parking space at the entry point, thanks to the restaurants at the junction.
“While half of the road on the side of the restaurants have already been encroached upon by them to park customers’ vehicles, for the last few days, the other side of the road near the centre median have also been occupied by the cars. It makes it very difficult for motorists like us to pass through the stretch,” said Sivakumar, a private firm employee, who uses the road to reach office every day. He accuses the traffic police working in favour of the restaurants as they never try to remove the vehicles parked in rows on Anna Salai even during the peak traffic hours.
Another motorist said that they start parking the vehicles at the T-junction of GP Road and Anna Salai and as the time passes, the vehicles pile up covering the entire stretch. “Will police keep quiet if a common man parks his vehicle on the middle of the road, choking the traffic” he asked.
When contacted, K Feroze Khan Abdullah, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic-East ) said that he would look into the matter.