Thursday, September 23, 2004

Now its Palace Road trees' turn to face the axe

There was absolutely no need to close the Devaraja Urs Road. Having done that, they now want to reduce the tree laden Palace Road to a shambles.

With the Devaraj Urs Road stretch permanently closed for vehicular traffic, the government has asked the BCC to widen the nearby Palace Road to reduce congestion. Devaraj Urs Road was connecting Gopal Gowda Circle and Vidhana Soudha west entrance. It was closed after the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) recommended that movement of public vehicles be prohibited in a radius of 100 metres around the secretariat buildings. The CISF prepared the report on security for secretariat buildings following the attack on Parliament by terrorists. We had no option but to close the stretch of road.

Alternative arrangements have been made to ease traffic,public works and energy minister H.D. Revanna told reporters after inspecting work on the Vikas Soudha here on Wednesday. The BCC had been asked to widen the nearby Palace Road on a priority basis to ensure that there was no traffic congestion owing to the closure of Devaraj Urs Road. The minister pointed out that Vikas Soudha and the new building of the KPSC would be ready for occupation by November.

Times of India


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