Cubbon Park traffic ban will cause snarls in 6 CBD roads | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: While green activists have been demanding a ban on all vehicular movement inside Cubbon Park, Bengaluru traffic police maintain that any such move would only reduce by 5km the road network in the central business district, causing more snarls on at least half-a-dozen important thoroughfares in the vicinity.
Around one lakh vehicles move through the six gates of the park daily and barring their entry would put more pressure on the other roads the two and four-wheelers take and also on the cops manning them.

Normally, vehicles heading towards Queens Road, Raj Bhavan Road, Nrupatunga Road, Kasturba Road, Post Office Road, NR Road and MG Road use the routes inside Cubbon Park. On weekdays, around 1.2 lakh vehicles move inside the park, traffic police said, citing a survey they had commissioned.
Commenting on the study carried out by SLS Transport Training Institute and Consultancy, an independent agency, on consequences of not allowing traffic inside the park, joint commissioner of police (traffic) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said in addition to the extra 5-km that motorists will be forced to travel, if barred entry into the park, the move will also spell more harm for the environment.
“On average, around eight lakh vehicles ply on the roads located in and around Vidhana Soudha. Of them, around 1.2 lakh enter the park. If entry is banned, these 1.2 lakh vehicles have to travel five extra kilometres. Further, the vehicles moving in the direction of Hudson Circle, KR Circle and Mysore Bank Circle will have to cross three more traffic signals – near Chinnaswamy stadium, GPO and opposite to high court-Vidhana Soudha,” said Gowda.
“Imagine the extent of carbon emission from these extra vehicles and the traffic pressure during peak hours on these roads. We are definitely not against walkers or greenery, but we are clear that not allowing vehicles inside the park will only increase the adverse effects. We have the survey to strengthen our arguments,” he said.
The officer said that traffic police have restricted vehicular movement in Cubbon Park between 9pm and 8am to help protect the park’s greenery and its walkers. The road is closed on all government holidays, including second and fourth Saturdays, he pointed out.
Gowda said Cubbon Park was closed during the lockdown and when the Unlock phase kicked in, traffic police from stations in the vicinity began complaining of heavy burden on the roads and, consequently, on them, due to the ban.
Gowda said traffic police commissioned a survey to appraise the consequences of not allowing vehicles inside Cubbon Park.

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