Basavanagudi residents allege traffic chaos, threat to public safety. The residents of Basavanagudi have accused the police of illegally parking six trucks above K R Road underpass at Tagore Circle near Basavanagudi Union Service Club.
Bangaluru: The six trucks, all Tamil Nadu registered, were seized by Basavanagudi police last year and a case had been registered against their owners. The vehicles have been parked in a place which has blocked movement of a U – turn above the flyover.
The flyovers are made to ease traffic, but here it is to park vehicles. K N Raju, president of the Basavanagudi resident welfare association (BRWA), said, “The flyovers across the city have been built with the aim to ease traffic. But here this particular flyover is being used as a parking place by the police. The police have no rights to encroach on public space. The six lorries have occupied a lot of space, and creating chaos as vehicular movement is hindered.” Reader BS Manohar, 63, vice-president, BRWA, who alerted Mirror about the problem, said, “It’s been more than a year since the vehicles have been parked here.
The police fine people who park at no parking zones, but in this case, they are the violator. The sad part is when they are the violators, nobody can question them. Repeated attempts at approaching the police have been in vain. They never took any action on our complaints.” He also said the weight of the vehicles parked on the flyover is huge and that there is a possibility of the flyover caving in one day. The flyover can bear vehicular movement, not huge stationary trucks. This is endangering the lives of commuters and pedestrians. Paresh Gala, 46, one of the committee members of BRWA, said, “Initially, people took a U-turn to go to the other side, but now it has been blocked. For two weeks now, the traffic police have put up barricades so that no one enters the vicinity.
But people are misusing the space and are littering around. A few miscreants have made it a party place where they sit and drink.” “Now the space is used for parking vehicles. Later, it may also be used to dump garbage. If lawmakers are breaking the law, then who will take action? Our attempts to convince the DCP, ACP and the BBMP have all gone in vain. No one is bothered about citizens and their safety,” he added.
Commuters who use the road every day also raised concerns in this regard, saying vehicles from all seven roads converge at the same circle and cause chaos in peak hours. There have been frequent minor accidents as people get confused. Commuters do not know which road to take to go where. It is just insane to see how lawmakers misuse their power and make use of public spaces to park seized trucks, they add. DCP (South) Lokesh Kumar told Mirror, “The vehicles were seized from Tamil Nadu and the court case is still on.
We did not have any place to park them so had to station them on Tagore circle bridge. We need to take care of the vehicles till the court gives its verdict. In order to keep an eye on them, we have parked them there. Very soon, we will shift them. There were other vehicles too which used to be parked there, but people are blaming police. The property belongs to BBMP and we had no other option but to park the trucks there.”