Church Street reopens, wears deserted look

Church Street reopens, wears deserted look

Church Street, which teems with people this time of the year, wore a nearly deserted look on Tuesday, two days after the blast, though the police removed barricades and opened the road to traffic and public.

Even as the number of people visiting the place had gone up as compared to Monday, the footfall was way less than the usual.

The otherwise bustling Church Street saw just a few hundreds of people, most of whom had come to take a look at the blast spot, whispering, “This is the place where the bomb blast took place on Sunday.”

Barricades that were put up by the City police at the spot in front of the Coconut Grove restaurant were removed by 10 am on Tuesday letting people pass by the stretch.
Mahe Gowda, owner of Blossoms Book Store, said: “Usually, about 200 people visit this shop. Today (Tuesday), there were about 80.”

People stay away

“If the New Year is around the corner, the crowd here would be so much that it would be tough to manage. There would be no parking space either. This number is no where close to the usual,” said a constable who was on duty in the evening.

Shekar, unit manager, Amoeba, a gaming joint, said that people still have second thoughts before coming to the place.

While the joint sees hundreds of people each day, just over 150 of them visited it on Tuesday.

 No garbage was dumped on Tuesday, as per orders of the police. However, places around Shringar Complex on MG Road still saw heaps of garbage and carton boxes.
The stretch from the India Coffee House near Coconut Grove restaurant to Brigade Road remains poorly lit.

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