BENGALURU:Members of Whitefield Rising, a citizens’ group, staged a protest against the reversal of the truck ban in the city on Saturday. Demanding congestion-free roads in the city, especially in Whitefield area, hundreds of citizens and students gathered at Varthur Kodi Circle, insisting that truck movement must be banned for certain hours.
A member of the group said that Whitefield and the adjoining areas of Varthur, Gunjur, Kadugodi and Kannamangala are impacted by the movement of heavy vehicles during the daytime. “Office-goers and school children are adversely affected as, during the peak morning and evening hours, inter-state trucks and HTVs with construction material often clog the narrow roads,” he said. Effective management of vehicular traffic will save time, decrease pollution, reduce accidents and unclog the city roads, he added.
Moved by the request of more than 1,500 residents who signed a petition on August 2014 seeking relief from the daily struggle, the city police had imposed a ban on truck movement towards the end of last year. However, the ban was overturned, due to which the traffic situation is now back to its chaotic state, said the members.
Demands of the group:
- Interstate trucks coming towards Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), Whitefield, or the cement factory must travel via NH 207 and Channasandra-Hope Farm route.
- For non-essential needs like building construction material, trucks can be driven on any road from 10am to 2pm and from 10pm to 6 am. At other times, they must be parked and off the roads.