Petty shops hindering traffic to be removed

One way traffic to be imposed on Chitrabhanu road a la Mumbai

If the police commissioner sticks to his words, petty shops that have been coming in the line of sight proving obstacle for road users in the city may be removed.

Also a temporary one-way  like Mumbai, but on experimental basis may be introduced. Participating in an interaction programme organised by the traffic police as part of 23rd National Road Safety Week, at Kuvempunagar here on Wednesday, police commissioner Sunil Agarwal instructed the ACP (traffic) Shankare Gowda to identify such petty shops in the radius of 50 metres at prominent junctions.

The commissioner came out with the suggestion in his reply to a similar query by corporator K M Shankar. The officer said, following a similar complaint, they have instructed the authorities concerned to remove a huge hoarding that is coming in the line of sight at a place.

The commissioner also instructed the traffic ACP to impose one-way traffic on experimental basis during peak hours on Chitrabhanu road in Kuvempunagar.

The rule will be in effect from 9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. He cited the example of Mumbai where temporary norms are in place on  several roads.

This followed a query by another corporator Pradeep Kumar.  He exhorted the commissioner about the increasing traffic density, cars parked on the footpaths and in front of post office and college on the road adding to the woes. Also the road connecting Kuvempunagar bus depot in Aravinda Nagar.

The councillor alleged that the entry and exit points to the depot are not planned in a scientific way.  The road that connects to the exit point is too narrow making it congested for the vehicles to move in both the directions.  He wanted the top cop to impose one-way for the particular road too, but on a permanent basis.

However, Raghuveer president of the ward opposed the one-way rule on Chitrabhanu road. He contended that the school vans too ply on the same road and it would put the students in the locality to inconvenience. The commissioner convinced him that the roads in the immediate vicinity- Vishwamanava double road and cross roads can handle the diverted traffic during the period.

Eventually it was decided to go for temporary one-way on Chitrabhanu road, while the request pertaining to Aravinda Nagar will be studied.  Similar was the reply from the officer for erecting medians on Kantaraja Urs road from Jayanagar railway over bridge to Apollo BGS Hospitals junction.

Bojappa, another localite alleged that the one-way behind Oriental Research Institute (ORI) connecting Radhakrishna Avenue from Maharaja’s College side is grossly violated. He attributed it to the faded signal board which was once reading- one-way.  The road earlier two-way was changed following a fatal mishap where a CFTRI scientist was killed.

The commissioner gave a deadline of 24 hours for the cops to redo the board, for the benefit of road users. Earlier in the day, DCP (Crime and traffic) P Rajendra Prasad interacted with the students of Lashkar traffic division, at the police stall on the premises of Dasara Exhibition Grounds.

DCPs Basavaraj Malagathi (law and order) and P Rajendra Prasad (crime and traffic), inspectors Prabhakar Bhalki (K R Traffic), B S Rajashekar (N R Traffic) and others were present.

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