Wednesday, April 21, 2004

A Thuglaqian decision

The decision of Chief Minister (soon-to-be-erstwhile?) S M Krishna to permanently shut down the Devaraj Urs Road (Race Course Road) running from Gopala Gowda Circle to Basaveshwara Circle to traffic so that a garden can be developed, linking Vidhana Soudha and the yet-under-construction-but-inaugurated-in-a-hurry south block, Vikasa Soudha, is as Thuglaqian a decision as any can be. Shutting down one of the widest roads in Bangalore carrying a heavy stream of traffic heading towards the Seshadripuram, Malleshwaram areas is suicidal for the city's traffic management. Things have now become far more chaotic and roundabout for traffic plying in that direction. Its a pity that none of the activist types have raised legal hurdles to this decision.


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