Lalbagh walkers oppose traffic island as parking woes worsen

Lalbagh walkers oppose traffic island as parking woes worsen

Lalbagh walkers oppose traffic island as parking woes worsen
The construction of a traffic island at Siddapura Gate, Lalbagh, has received a cold shoulder from regular walkers. The construction started on Thursday after a small tussle between the contractor and the walkers.

Nataraj, who has been visiting Lalbagh for his morning walks regularly for the last 20 years, said, “The island is causing inconvenience to a lot of people. There is hardly any space for parking.”

His acquaintance B Rao said, “The BBMP should have considered providing alternative arrangements for parking before constructing the island. This traffic island is not necessary here.”

People coming from Wilson Garden, Shanthinagar, Jayanagar and JP Nagar come through Siddapura Gate to enter Lalbagh. While the two-wheelers are parked in front of the gate, the four-wheelers are parked along the side of the road. Pushcarts of vegetable vendors also occupy some space.

Vinoda, a resident of Jayanagar 1st Block, said, “It is okay if they want to beautify the place. But it should be done where it is necessary. Creating an island here does not add to the beauty of the place. They could have planted saplings inside (Lalbagh).”

Kiran Kumar, who has been visiting the garden for the past three years, says the island is only making the place congested. “Why do we need this here when we already have a big garden inside? Looking for a parking space is a big worry here, especially on weekends.”

Saroj Bansal, a resident of JP Nagar, said, “The government should think of providing better parking facilities. Since a large number of people come to Lalbagh, we don’t get parking place and sometimes, we have to walk a distance from our parking place to Lalbagh.” Saroj comes for walks with her son Sandeep Bansal. 

“They should monitor the traffic signal here. It is more difficult to cross the road as vehicles keep moving and since there is no signal, pedestrians wait for a long time before the road is safe to cross,” said Sandeep.

Sadashiv, president of Lalbagh Walkers’ Association, said, “We have tried to stop the construction here as it causes a lot of problems for vehicle parking. But the government doesn’t lend an ear to our cries.”

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