Illegal Parking in J P Nagar…

Everywhere in Bangalore, we have the huge proliferation of IT companies…and the difference between their public commitment to civic sense and the reality of their pracitces is very vast. In J PNagar 3rd Phase, there is a small stretch of trees called the Mini Forest, abutted by residences on one side and several IT BPO offices on the other. All the vehicles that ferry the BPO workers come and park all over the main road and use it as a free parking space.

The photograph shows how blatantly the “No Parking” sign is ignored, with impunity, by these vehicles and their drivers…

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At the times that the shifts get over, it is total chaos, and other motorists cannot use the road at all. The drivers gang up on anyone who protests at this usurping of public space.

The solution? I can’t find one. It IS a public road, and as such, vehicles are allowed to park except at the No Parking zones…but surely the small, residential road was not meant to be used as a kind of free parking lot for BPO vehicles in their dozens.

The residents of the apartment complex nearby have complained repeatedly, but obviously, nothing is being done about the way these vehicles commandeer the road.

13 Comments so far

  1. A.S. (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    Long term solution for this and many many other problems that Bangalore faces: increase (quality, frequency) public transport and encourage people to travel in them. I don’t (yet) live in Bangalore, but I hear friends (and almost everybody who lives there) complaining about the traffic, but still insist on taking their own cars to work.

  2. Anush Shetty (unregistered) on December 11th, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    Really irritating on how these guys disturb the peace there

  3. M O H A N (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 9:42 am

    Definetly this is encroachment.

    A residential area being converted into commercial one due to silent bribes ….

    I avoid this particular road as not only due to congestion but also the rowdy elements hanging around. try taking the main road and somebody should go all the way upto SC to clear off these encroachments i presume.

    Some time back police were deflating illegally parked cars etc but these hooligans are a law on to themselves.Shame on MNC companies doing this.

  4. George E Matthew (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 10:07 am

    List the names of the MNC cos please

  5. Amit anand (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    Is progeon(infosys BPO) one of them?
    If so SHAME on Narayana Murthy, Nandan Nilekani and gang. They are hypocrites above anything else. They preach public service, but in reality harass innocent residents. They call others corrupt, but what are they doing themselves? Unlike govt officials who get low pay and have some excuse, these people have billions in profits but still do these things?

    Remember the Bangalore mirror story on how janavi nilekani got her driver’s license? Shame on her family for doing these things after talking so much about development and progress.

    I do not blame underpaid, overworked traffic police as much as the SHAMEFUL IT cos(I work in one of them too) who break the law.

    PS; If progeon is not involved, please ignore this comment. I do not want to use such harsh language on innocent persons. But if they are guilty, I feel like beating up NRN myself. More than any corrupt official, he is a hypocrite to the core if what you say is true

  6. Abhinav (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    IT cos are the biggest problem in Bangalore.they pay no tax, get consume infrastructure. they are racists-they never allow Kannadigas to join. they only allow outsiders to join.

    Let them pay for infrastructure themselves if they want to use it.

    Shame on the ringleader NRN

  7. Amit dixit (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 6:41 pm

    Shame on infosys. They deserve to be burnt in a riot. they are hypocrites to the core.

    NRN must die. Nilekani must go.

  8. Bahar (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    shame on infosys.
    SHAMe on infy.

    dirty IT companies. biggest criminals.

    Beat up every It pro u see. worse than terrorist

  9. A.S. (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    Some of the reactions in the comments are really strange… I wonder when we Indians will cease the mentality of wanting to beat up people at the drop of a hat.

  10. George E Matthew (unregistered) on December 12th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Please ignore stupid comments wanting to beat up / kill people. They are posted by TROLLs hping to make people angry. Do not listen to them.

    However, please note that if Infy/Progeon is really guilty(I am not sure of this-Deepa better tell us), they DO deserve SEVERE punishment. More than anything else, the HYPOCRACY involved is sickening.

    If the traffic police actually take action against violators, the next Bangalore Mirror article will be “Cops harass techies”-there was already such an article about cops seriously enforcing no parking rules in Koramangala within the last 2 months. This harmed cos which are in illegally converted houses and park on the street. For the cops, it is a lose-lose proposition as they will be criticised either way.
    Might as well take the easy out in their case, esp after struggling under bad pay and working conditions.

    You can consider deleting nonsense comments, esp those containing death threats. It make the post lose credibility.

  11. M O H A N (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:27 am

    Interestingly, if am right ex CM’s house is in the opposite lane and to ensure this kind of trouble does not happen, the traffic police quickly made it into a one way!!

    This has ensured that one travels only in this way. Actually the said BPO along with some service apartments their add to the list.

    There are beedi/cigerrete, snaks selling kiosks on road to service the drivers who are waiting outside.

    Overall its a bad environ for a residential area.

    This is only a simple example, there are many such cases in most of the residential areas.

  12. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    I have had both reasonable and less-than-reasonable comments for this post…I let everything stand as I think everyone is entitled to their own reaction.

    Indeed the ex-CM’s house is right nearby and the one-way rule (the only solution that the police seem to think of!) was introduced..but it doesn’t help the situation during the shift times, thanks to the irresponsible behaviour of the van/car drivers.

    BPO’s include Eximsoft,Infosys (earlier Progeon),Valtech,Potential,and others. The problem is along the entire 1 km stretch of the Mini Forest.

    I have tried writing to these companies, but I have not even got a reply from them, let alone a solution to this problem.

  13. A.S. (unregistered) on December 13th, 2007 @ 7:18 pm

    Well, it is true that B’lore is overwhelmed with traffic and these vehicles cannot always be in motion– they have to park sometimes somewhere close to their destination. and parking spaces don’t appear to be in abundance (I don’t live there, so I can only guess). Along with developing better public transport that the car-owning crowd can use (like the Volvos– I assume they are still a success), the metro, widening roads, etc, the authorities should also seriously and with haste consider building huge multi-storied/underground parking areas. Unless there are easily available places to park, people will continue to flout traffic rules and park where they can find a spot.

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