Karnataka: Weekend vehicle curbs planned at Nandi Hills as crowds swell | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The heavy rush of private vehicles at Nandi Hills during weekends has prompted the Chikkaballapur district administration to consider introducing some curbs. Under the planned rules, visitors won’t be allowed to drive their vehicles to the top. They will have to park their rides at the foot of the hill and use public transport from that point.
The curbs on vehicular movement were proposed a year ago, but they are being fast-tracked now as the number of day-trippers at Nandi Hills, Bengalureans’ favourite weekend getaway, has increased sharply. Many people are undertaking short-distance travel to recover from the pandemic fatigue.
In recent weeks, the district administration has received several complaints about heavy vehicular movement and air and noise pollution. Chikkaballapur district deputy commissioner R Latha said that new rules would be introduced soon. The first 500 fourwheelers and 1,500 bikes to arrive at the destination will be allowed to park at the top. Others will have to park at the base and board eco-friendly electric transport.
“An area of 3.5 acres at the foothill is being converted into a parking lot, and we have requested the government to sanction an additional 1.5 acres, so we can impose a complete ban on entry of private vehicles,” Latha said.
This year, an estimated 30 lakh people have visited Nandi Hills. During the weekend, there are 10,000 to 15,000 people at the popular site.
Officials said the ban on entry of private vehicles would be implemented in a phased manner to avoid upsetting people. “We want to follow the model implemented at the Himavad Gopalaswamy Hills, where visitors have to take KSRTC buses to reach the top,” an official said.
Gopal N, special officer, horticulture department, said that the district administration had handed over the land to the department and the chief architect had submitted the blueprint of the parking lot. He added that overcrowding posed risks to the fragile environment of Nandi Hills.

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