Friday, February 19, 2010

No driveway this MG Rd stretch

No driveway this MG Rd stretch
Naveen Kumar M, BANGALORE, Feb 18, DH News Service:

The entire stretch from Webb’s Junction to Trinity Circle on MG Road will be off limits for vehicles in a week’s time.


The stretch from Webb’s Junction to Trinity Circle will be off-limits for vehicles.With the Metro Rail work switching gears, the City traffic police are contemplating a complete vehicular ban on this stretch, and the rule could come into effect within a week.
The police has blocked vehicular movement on one side of the road from Trinity Circle to Webb’s Junction since February 14.

The police has justified the two-way ban: “We could have permitted vehicular movement on one side while the metro rail work is in progress. The decision would have invited a lot of risks and challenges. There is less space on the road, while the metro rail project demands more space.

“The risk of construction material falling from the pillars any time cannot be ruled out. We did not want to play with lives and are forced to take this decision though it will cause a great deal of inconvenience to the travelling public.”

“The decision is sure to make an impact on the road between Old Madras Road and Trinity Circle. The road users will have to cope up as the metro rail project is the need of the hour and aims to decongest the roads,” reasoned Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic & safety) Praveen Sood.

“We are planning to identify alternate roads for those using the road between Old Madras Road and Trinity Circle. Appropriate diversions will be made. Hence, the road users need not worry,” he added.

The police have decided to give huge publicity for the decision. “We are planning to highlight it and also inform about the alternate roads through the media. We will also install signboards for up to five kilometres on Old Madras Road. We will also deploy additional forces and home guards to ensure smooth traffic flow once the new decision comes into effect,” he added.

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