Kohima: Following an order issued by the deputy commissioner and chairman of Regional Transport Authority (RTA) of Kohima Gregory Thejawelie, ‘no parking zone’ on the stretch from New NST to Khuochiezhie (local ground) North Gate via Razhu Point in Kohima town came into force on Friday.

‘No parking zone’ at Khuochiezhie North Gate

As part of the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) plan, the initiative is an attempt to create a permanent walking plaza by removing the existing parking spaces.

Samuel Ao, the officer-in-charge of North Traffic police told EastMojo that no defaulters were penalized on Friday.

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“Some people were confused about the no-parking zone, so we had to sensitize them. It will take some time for the people to realize the new parking plan,” he said.

The officer said that vehicles found violating the order were mostly off-road vehicles and the drivers were not aware of the new order.  

Kohima town ‘no parking zone’: Has traffic eased?

Parking site and Kohima local ground

The officer said that regular traffic in Kohima town continues despite the removal of car parking by the roadside. However, normal traffic, which usually gets disrupted due to the movements of vehicles parked by the road side, has eased.

Parking at City Centre site (Old MLA junction)

The road along the stretch is a one-way road. So earlier, if a vehicle made an entry or exit from the parking spaces by the roadside, it disrupted vehicular traffic, he said.

What are alternate parking arrangements?

Parking site and Kohima local ground

Alternate parking spaces have been provided at the City Centre site (Old MLA Hostel site) and Khuochiezie North Gallery area. As for the shops along the stretch, the permitted time for loading and unloading of goods is from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Parking at City Centre site

Kohima street carnival

Meanwhile, Kohima is witnessing a four-day long street carnival along the stretch, particularly at Old NST.

The event is organized by the Kohima Smart City Development Limited (KSCDL) as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, with an aim to “reimagine public spaces”.

The event will culminate on October 2.  

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