MG Road set for 'Open' Street today

MG Road set for 'Open' Street today

Endless traffic, blaring horns and impatient drivers will all make way for festive revelry on MG Road on Sunday as the stretch between Anil Kumble Circle and Brigade Road junction will celebrate it’s first “Open Street” initiative.

The entire stretch, which will be closed for motorists, wore a colourful look as the Rangoli Metro Art Centre on the boulevard was lost in a frenzy of activity. Artists and decorators worked overtime to rejig the venue.  Mini-umbrellas of different patterns hung upside down from various corners. Upwards, colourful paper craft adorned the road from one end to another.

Siddappa J, a scientist with the DRDO and a singer, is all set for his karaoke performance on Sunday and was one among the many performers huddled around in a corner.   “I love to sing and am honoured to be part of such an initiative. I’m trying to check my slot for tomorrow’s programme,” he said. In another part of the road, two friends were busy taking a selfie with the decorations in the background. “It would be nice to experience a day without noise and traffic,” said Santosh T, a software professional.

Years before the IT boom, Bengaluru’s sobriquet was the “pensioners paradise”. People who expressed their willingness to participate in the events on Sunday said it would be nothing short of the magic of Old “Bangalore”.  “It would be nice to get that feeling of the old ‘Bangalore’ that my father talked about. I have experienced it only in the words of my father who used to frequent this stretch during his younger days. Days when the number of vehicles was not like how it is now,” said Chitra Ramanan, a BCom student.

While giving a thumbs up, many cautioned against the initiative turning into a mere commercial spectacle.

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