Friday, March 12, 2010

Want to watch IPL? Sorry, no parking

Want to watch IPL? Sorry, no parking
No Space For Your Vehicles, Take Bus
A T Subrahmanya | TNN

Bangalore: It will be a royal challenge to park near the Chinnaswamy cricket stadium during the third edition of IPL extravaganza. There is virtually little parking space available on all sides of the stadium and it might take hours before you could find the space to park your vehicle.
Traffic police say BRV grounds could accommodate nearly 1,000 cars and two thousand two-wheelers. But now with the grounds partially closed down with Namma Metro work, this parking space will not be available. Work on putting up fibre barricades has already begun.
Cubbon Road, too, will be out of bounds for your cars. Traffic police say on Cubbon Road they will allow only Big10 buses on both sides. The link road between the stadium and the police wireless headquarters will also be used for parking of shuttle buses and Big10 buses. Other vehicles will not be allowed, they said.
The parking space at the Chinnaswamy stadium itself is very less — there are about 40 parking lots which is insufficient even for their own staff. So, the KSCA has allotted paid parking at the UB city.
All hope is not lost. The King’s Road (the one leading to Press Club) in Cubbon Park has parking space, but it may be filled up pretty quickly. So, try to be early.
Another ray of hope is the Kanteerava stadium where parking has been arranged. There will be a shuttle bus service to reach the stadium. But again you have to start early to board the shuttle bus and get a parking space for your vehicle — for there will be tremendous rush to get that coveted space.
The traffic police have advised the cricket lovers to take the BMTC buses. As a first step, the traffic police had a meeting with BMTC officials on Wednesday and gave the green signal for parking the buses on Cubbon Road. However, on days when the matches are played late into the night, the police will allow the BMTC buses to park near Anil Kumble circle.
BMTC will have its Big10 buses plying around the city to stop and pick up spectators in front of the stadium.
Additional Commissioner of Police (traffic) Praveen Sood said: “We want the public to patronise the public transport. Since the matches start at the evening peak hour time, available parking will be far and they have to start nearly two hours early if they want to be on time. The public can also choose other options like chauffeur services or car pooling. But the priority will be given to buses.’’
Asked if the traffic police had approached the Army for parking in the Manekshaw grounds, Sood said: “It is the organisers (KSCA) who will have to arrange for the parking. Our job is just to manage traffic.’’
BRV Grounds can accommodate nearly 1,000 cars and 2,000 two-wheelers but the ground is partially closed for Metro work
Cops will allow only BIG 10 buses on both sides of Cubbon Road
The link road between the stadium and the police wireless headquarters will also be used for buses only
The parking space at the Chinnaswamy stadium is insufficient even for the staff at the stadium


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