Blind to the rules

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Blind to the rules

Autos lined up outside malls, colleges and metro stations have become a common sight in the City. Not only do they occupy most of the space meant for pedestrians, they also don’t care to budge from the spot till they find a passenger. Sometimes, they even end up mauling the visitors coming out of a mall or Metro Station.

They also line up at junctures where people cross the road thereby making things all the more messy. Citizens say that on busy stretches like MG Road, crossing becomes quite difficult as the autos occupy a lot of space. 

“These autos are illegally parked on footpaths outside and opposite the Metro stations and malls. Pedestrians, who have to cross the road, not only have to be cautious about the reckless auto drivers but also an auto arbitrarily coming and parking in front of them. Areas around the Metro stations and malls should have auto sheds so that autos don’t take up pedestrian space,” says Magesh, a professional.

Though places like MG Road have a pre-paid auto stand, the drivers continue to park on the footpath and sidewalks. On busy stretches like the Sony World signal in Koramangala, there is hardly any place for the pedestrians to cross the road thanks to the many autos, which line up right outside the shopping malls and complexes and even in front of bus stands. The traffic police says that it has been regulating this ‘unnecessary parking’. 

 “We have launched a special drive outside popular malls like Garuda, where these autos are parked and the visitors are harassed. We have been able to regulate these autos to a certain extent and are planning to extend this drive to several other places in the coming months. We have also launched another drive wherein we visit the pre-booked auto counters and try to streamline the services,” says B Dayananda, the additional commissioner of police (traffic)
 Many point out that big areas like Koramangala and Indiranagar do not have a single pre-paid auto counter and hence, the auto drivers park and wait for people anywhere they want. “On weekends, there is hardly any place near Jyoti Nivas College and Sony World signal to either walk or park our vehicles. On top of that, auto drivers park their vehicles wherever they want to.

An auto stand in such areas will help us to a great extent. At least, there will be a definite spot where we can avail their service,” says Sunil, a resident of Koramangala.Bangaloreans say that they can spot a number of autos when they come out of the Metro Station.
 “Though there is a pre-fixed auto counter right at the corner, these autos line up opposite the Metro Station on MG Road. A pedestrian does not have enough place to cross as these autos block the sidewalks and stop,” sums up Srikant, who uses the Metro everyday.

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