The problem of inadequate parking spaces in city’s main thoroughfares was the main topic of discussion at the maiden Janasamparka (Mass Contact Programme) related to traffic woes of the city, held under the aegis of Traffic Advisory Committee this morning.

This programme is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month during which Traffic Police Inspectors will be available from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm at their respective Police Stations for discussions.

Today, traffic-related grievances were heard simultaneously at the three Traffic Police Zones; Devaraja, Narasimharaja and Krishnaraja, and each have two Traffic Police Stations under them.

Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem presided over the programme held at Kuvempunagar Traffic Police while DCP M.M. Mahadevaiah chaired the meet at V.V. Puram.

Issues related to traffic problems including signals, traffic jams, parking woes, triple-riding and others were discussed in the meetings. Some of the participants complained that the haphazard parking of vehicles in front bars and restaurants located on the stretch of Narayana Shastry Road between Siddappa Square and Chamaraja Double Road junction resulted in traffic jams in the evenings and more so after 8 pm.

Others complained about rampant triple-riding on busy roads and some others suggested that free-left-turn signboards be put at junctions as certain Police personnel allegedly exploited this ambiguity to extort. Request were made to provide adequate parking facilities on all commercial roads in city.

A common complaint was that most of the parking space along DD Urs road was occupied by shop-owners and their staff from early morning till late in the night, depriving their customers of the scantily available parking space.

Retired Police Officer M. Rajanna and Narayan, who were present in the programme, came up with their suggestions. PSIs Satish, P.D. Jayaprakash and others were present.

M-Track

In yet another bid to facilitate free flow of traffic, the Police Department is considering forming an M-Track at signal points as done in Bangalore under the theme of B-Track which has successfully confronted many traffic problems, Dr. Saleem added.

Residents of Vontikoppal, under the banner of Citizens’ Traffic Advisory Committee, submitted a slew of complaints over traffic management in the area at the VV Puram Police Station.

Demanding shifting of the bus stop in front of Venkataramana Swamy Temple on KRS Road to a nearby place, citizens also urged to provide a traffic signal at the junction of Bogadi.

The citizens urged for installation of a traffic signal in front of JSS College on Hebbal-KRS Road to confront the menace of recurring road accidents.

DCP M.M. Mahadevaiah, N.R. Traffic Inspector Arun Nagegowda, SI (Law&Order) Prakash, SI (Traffic) Yogesh, Corporator Dhanraj were present at the meeting in which citizens called for continuation of the system of photographing vehicles at signals to help trace cases of jumping of signals. Complaints about the lack of lighting in the sub-ways, they getting water-logged during heavy rains and becoming haven of illicit activities were put forth by some citizens while some complained about vehicles being parked on the footpath on Sayyaji Rao Road. Premkumar, a senior citizen, blamed the MCC for approving the plans of houses and other buildings that are without set-backs (space on the borders), thus depriving of parking spaces. Devaraja Inspector Shanthamallappa, SIs Ravikumar and Suresh Kumar, Corporator Prashanth Gowda and others were present.

Mall shoppers’ parking menace

Some senior citizens residing near shopping malls complained that since the malls charged parking fees for its customers, many customers parked their vehicles in front of houses on the side roads, thus hindering the house-owners from driving their vehicles in or out of their gates till the movie at the multiplexes were over or when it was time for shoppers to go home.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore