Express press service
VIJAYAWADA: Lack of adequate parking spaces at Kanaka Durga Temple, the second largest temple in the state, often causes traffic jams, especially on weekends and during festivals, near Indrakeeladri as many choose to park their four-wheelers and two-wheelers near the side of the road.
The temple has two parking spaces – one at the top of the hill and another in Arjuna Street – which cannot hold more than 500 vehicles at a time. Vehicles can often be seen parked on the canal road and national road during rush hour.
“Lack of parking space creates problems for traffic management in the area, with most vehicles parked on Canal Road and other internal roads in One-town locality, where commercial activities are high. Traffic jams at peak times of the day have become commonplace. Temple authorities should focus on creating more parking spaces,” a traffic policeman said on condition of anonymity.
The official said the issue must be addressed immediately as the temple has seen an average influx of 30,000 worshipers per day over the past week. “In the summer, it is common for the temple to see an attendance of 30,000 people every day. This is when the problem arises in terms of vehicle parking as more than 70% of the devotees arrive in cars, jeeps and mini -vans,” he added.
The chief executive of the temple, Dr Bramarambha, told TNIE that efforts are underway to convert open spaces near the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) office and TTD land in Kummaripalem into parking spaces. She said proposals to that effect had been sent to the VMC commissioner and the TTD chairman. “The proposed spaces can accommodate around 500 vehicles. A temporary shed will also be built for worshippers,” the EO added.
She added two floors in the building under construction near Mallikarjuna Mahamandapam which will also be used for parking.