Trucks to be banned in City just for five days

Move ahead of global investors' meet

Trucks to be banned in City just for five days

The police department has issued an order banning movement of trucks in the central parts of the City between February 1 and 5 for ‘Invest Karnataka 2016’, a global investors’ meet to be held at the Palace Grounds between February 3 and 5.

This overrides the previous decision to ban trucks for 10 days from February 1 to 10.

The police have said the travel and transport for delegates has to be smooth from Kempegowda International Airport to the City centre and within the City when they travel to their hotels and visit different places of tourist interest. To ensure smooth flow of traffic for them, trucks will be banned between 6 am and 10 pm for the five days.

The police have invoked different Sections of the Indian Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and the Karnataka Traffic Control Act, 1960 that empower the police commissioner to take measures for security for a public event like Invest Karnataka.

Lorry Owners’ and Agents’ Association president G R Shanmugappa said the order was unacceptable as it would cause losses in lakhs. “Nearly 2,500 to 3,000 truck loads of goods come to Bengaluru, while nearly 500 loads go out of City every day.

The loaded lorries which have departed from cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai are on their way to City. How can we stop them? We give 21 days notice when we go on strike, but the police have taken a decision on their own without due notice and without consulting us. This is not acceptable. We will see what happens over the next few days,” he said.

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