Wedding desserts on Palace Grounds, jam on Ballari Road

Wedding desserts on Palace Grounds, jam on Ballari Road

Recently, an ambulance carrying a pregnant woman from Yelahanka was struck in serpentine traffic on Ballari Road near Mehkri Circle. After a long wait, the driver managed to reach Cauvery junction by driving through Sadashivanagar's bylanes.

Traffic on Ballari Road is often paralysed whenever there are big fat weddings at Palace Grounds, with vehicles stuck on the road for hours.

Earlier this week too, traffic had come to a standstill on the stretch between CBI office and Cauvery junction as wedding guests of a retired IPS officer's son and another of a former MLA's daughter drove in and out of the gates. It's worse on Sundays as there are five to six weddings.

It's not just weddings but political rallies,  too, cause a lot of public inconvenience and traffic snarls. The traffic police have thrown up their hands and had requested the government to ban all events on Palace Grounds till Ballari Road and Jayamahal Road are widened. Despite several representations in the last four years, no action has been taken, says a senior traffic police officer.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra said: "The best way to reduce traffic around Palace Grounds is to shift all events to the outskirts of the city since opening new gates on Jayamahal Road has made no difference.''

Basavaraj, the undersecretary of Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) which gives permissions for events at the Palace Grounds, said the Supreme Court had ordered status quo in the case. "We still asked the traffic police to meet legal consultants and property owners to identify entry and exit points," he said.

The exit and entry points belong to five different owners but they are not willing to part with land, he said.

Meanwhile, road-widening work has been delayed despite a high court order on issuing TDRs (transfer development rights) to owners on a petition by one of the landowners, Indrakshi Devi, sister of the scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family, the late Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar.

BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said the Palike has sent the TDR proposal to the BDA and once the BDA issues the TDR, work will begin. The landowners, too, have to submit a bond, Prasad said.


* Traffic police seek complete ban of events on Palace Grounds

* DPAR continues to allow functions at venue

* Road widening work stuck due to delay in issue of TDRs

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