One week after the traffic department designated the eastern side of the Main Street carriageway outside the Hotel Tower as a “No Parking” zone; the traffic police yesterday erased the previous “No Parking” sign from in front of the Hotel and transferred it to the opposite side of the road in front of the hotel.
Chief Security of Hotel Tower, Lloyd Moore, said that last December the police visited the hotel and announced that they would be enforcing a “No Parking” sign in front of the hotel since the traffic department has received several complaints about parked vehicles impeding the smooth flow of traffic.
Nevertheless, Moore said that the hotel spent approximately $200,000 to create barriers in front of the hotel to prevent vehicles from parking. “We were trying to assist the police, two persons were even placed outside to inform drivers about the no parking area. When vehicle parked on the other side of the road personnel’s were placed to watch the car, which was an expense to the hotel but we did it to maintain the safety.”
He said now the “No Parking” sign has been moved to the opposite side of the hotel, and it still is not logical because if the traffic department is claiming that there is a congestion of traffic in the vicinity of the stoplight, there is need to designate the “No Parking” sign immediately before the traffic light, because when vehicles are parked way up under the traffic light on both ends there is more confusion and a bottleneck of traffic on the road, in addition there is no space for vehicles to pull into the corner if there is an emergency.
“Traffic can pull to the right or the left if there is congestion or an emergency to let the emerging vehicle pass through. As it is right now the problem is not solved.”
“A problem has many solutions but then you need to look for the best possible solutions and that is what should have been done here. For too long many high-handed actions are being taken without the proper consultation with other persons in order to make a sensible decision,” Moore said.
However, Hotel Tower’s Director Varendra Shiwratan on January 19, last in an affidavit filed an order or rule Nisi of Certiorari before Justice Diana Insanally against the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General to quash the decision to cause the road immediately in front of Hotel Tower to be painted with the words “No Parking” since the area has been used for parking in excess of 40 years.
The court document stated that the defendant show cause why a writ of Certiorari should not be issued on the grounds that the decision is unconstitutional, unlawful, null, void, ultra vires, without justification and in excess of jurisdiction.
New York-based Guyanese investor, James Manbahal, who is part of an investment group that bought over Hotel Tower, recently disclosed that he is baffled by the Traffic Department to designate in front of Hotel Tower a “No Parking”.
Manbahal said that he has so far invested US$5.5 million and another US$2 million is needed for further renovations. “I am trying to promote tourism and create a night life; I am in nobody’s way,”
In an invited comment, the Traffic Chief said that his department has received several complaints about the fact that taxis and vehicles parked on the left side of the road have been impeding the smooth flow of traffic. As a result, he said the decision to place a “No Parking” sign outside the Hotel is in the interest of regulating traffic, given that there is a traffic light just a short distance away.
The Hotel itself which is a magnificent structure – five stories tall, with two wings, seventy-eight (78) rooms, a swimming pool, gym, café, a poolside restaurant, two bars, a gourmet restaurant, a conference/banquet room and a comfortable lobby area.
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