Seized Vehicles Causing Traffic Snarls
By Express News Service | Published: 21st January 2014 12:54 PM |
The road-widening and construction of a divider on the National Highway that was an immediate need of the people has now started causing problems, with the lack of motorable space leading to traffic snarls, especially near the police station here. Moreover, the vehicles recovered by the police are parked not only on the Kazhakkoottam police station premises, but also on the roadside. Local residents allege that this is an encroachment by the men in khaki on the public land and was the main reason for the traffic snarls on the stretch. The residents feel auction of such vehicles would benefit the government.
As far as the motorists coming from coastal areas and Menamkulam side are concerned, they have to come near the police station to take a U-turn to proceed to Thiruvananthapuram side as space is left open in the median only here. It is the big vehicles, especially school buses and vans, and some cars that are affected.
According to the residents and shopkeepers in the area, the vehicles parked in front of the police station are the trucks that were seized by the Kazhakkoottam police in connection with the smuggling of illegally mined sand. It has been more than a year now since many of these trucks have been parked here.
There are also other vehicles, seized for crimes such as hit-and-run, cheating, theft or during checks conducted by the Traffic Police, parked. The condition of some of the vehicles has deteriorated to such an extent that they can only be sold to scrap dealers. A local resident said the impounded vehicles outside the police station leave them with little space to park their own vehicles as well as restrict free movement.
The Kazhakkoottam police said that lack of space had forced them to park the vehicles on the roadside. According to sub-inspector Baiju, there are some construction material lying around on the police station premises and once it is shifted - most probably within a couple of days - many of the vehicles parked on the road could be shifted to the police station compound. ‘’However, we will find an alternate parking space for these vehicles,” the SI added.