BENGALURU: The ‘Open Streets Bengaluru’ initiative by the authorities which included a one-day vehicular ban at HSR Layout, implemented on a trial basis on Sunday, proved to be a boon, according to its residents.
The ban on vehicles was complete in all seven sectors of the layout, due to which, families and children came out enjoying the calm atmosphere, which otherwise sees heavy traffic and air pollution. Cycling enthusiasts were out in the streets enjoying all on the roads, which otherwise, would be impossible.
Bengaluru District-In-Charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy joined the kids for a game of cricket. He along with a few local leaders arrived at HSR layout on a bullock-cart.
“It is an excellent idea and kudos to those who have implemented it. We are enjoying ourselves today and such a ban must be implemented often. It is great to see the police trying to help us out by stopping vehicles from entering. My daughters have had a wonderful
time as well. With respect to the inconvenience caused, there has to be a little sacrifice for such a good thing to happen,” said Savita Reddy, a resident.
“Today’s environment is how the city should actually be - calm and serene. Once in a while, such an initiative is welcome. Everyone is out having a good time.
“We hope that the coming Sunday will also see a ban here. Vehicles can be allowed if there is an emergency otherwise this is how a Sunday should be,” said Mandeep Singh, another resident.
To keep the residents of the Layout engaged, there were many activities that were organised at different locations, which proved to be a major crowd-puller.
The activities included cycle rides, music and dance events, live band performances, skating, pottery making, street plays, among other things.
It was mainly the children who were engrossed at in these activities.
“I am very happy. My friends and I have been out the whole day, playing games and participating in these competitions. I want this to be a regular event,” said nine-year-old Shriya Murthy.