Sunday, February 28, 2010

No vehicles on Commercial Street

No vehicles on Commercial Street

Staff Reporter
Bangalore: Vehicular movement was banned on Commercial Street, one of the busiest shopping destinations in the city, from Tuesday as the Bangalore Water Supply Sewerage Board (BWSSB) is replacing the existing drainage pipelines.

According to the Bangalore City police, the ban would continue till March 15. Frequent shoppers at Commercial Street felt the ban on vehicles was a hassle as they have to now depend on Brigade Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road for shopping. Traders also felt the ban was affecting their business. Both traders and shoppers have to now park their vehicles on Kamaraja Road or other roads to access Commercial Street.

The work of replacing the decades-old 150 mm pipelines with 300 mm ones commenced on Tuesday. The BWSSB has completed work up to Punjab National Bank junction.

From Saturday evening, the BWSSB began digging trenches from the Punjab National Bank junction towards Commercial Street police station.

“Two-wheelers are allowed to travel up to Punjab National Bank junction from the entry point of Commercial Street. But the movement will be restricted during peak hours. Two-wheelers have also been allowed up to Narayana Pillai Street (Commercial Street 3rd cross) but entry has been banned for four-wheelers,” said a traffic police official.

A BWSSB official said: “All efforts are being taken to complete the work in the next two weeks. However, the police can allow two-wheelers on the right side of the road where the work has been completed.”

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