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Traffic chaos haunt Madikeri

DH News Service, Madikeri, Dec 7 2017, 22:40 IST
A view of traffic in Madikeri.

A view of traffic in Madikeri.

Traffic chaos has become a frequent menace in the city, with the congested roads and lack of parking spaces adding to the problem. The number of vehicles is increasing rapidly.

By March 2014, there were 1,23,692 vehicles in the district. As on October 31, 2017, 1,66,659 vehicles have been registered in the three taluks of the district, the Regional Transport Authority officials said.

As many as 10,059 vehicles were registered in 2015 and 14,665 in 2016. However, the road and parking facilities have not been improved. It has aggravated the problem, the police said.

During the weekends, there are tourists' vehicles on the road, especially at Raja Seat as the condition on the road turns worse. Vehicles line up in front of resorts and hotels. As the resort and hotel owners have not taken care to provide parking spaces, the tourists park their vehicles on roadsides, causing inconvenience to the schoolchildren a the d general public.

Except for the college and Mahadevapete Road, all other roads in the city do not have much width.

Friday, the day of weekly shandy, is most crowded than any other day of the week, so much so that people even find it difficult to walk on the road.

General Thimmaiah Circle, Kohinoor Road, Industrial Estate Road, Race Course Road and the roads leading to Kaveri Kalakshetra and private bus stand are packed with vehicles. The vehicles are seen parked on both sides of the road, whenever there are functions at Kaveri Hall.

The Ganapathi Temple Road has not been widened for years while the work of private bus stand near Race Course Road is hit by an inordinate delay. With the current pace, it might take at least a year for the work to be completed, the bus drivers said.

Though the issue has been discussed at the general meeting of the City Municipal Council many a time, the end result is zero, the locals said.

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