BANGALORE: If you think traffic police can bring road discipline, check this; a heap of construction material for a building inside a traffic police station premises has been dumped on the footpath of a busy road, causing inconvenience to hundreds of pedestrians and inturn, disturbing the vehicular movement.
One of the oldest stations in Bangalore, Cubbon Park police station located on Kasturba road is undergoing renovation. Construction material including sand, bricks, iron rods has been dumped carelessly on the footpath outside the station premises.
Namitha, a pedestrian says Kasturba road is used by many office goers everyday and the resulting traffic jam is seen to be believed. “In such a condition, it is not safe for the pedestrians to walk on the road. But with the debris dumped by the police themselves, it is inevitable for the pedestrians to walk on the road rather than on the footpaths.” she adds.
Dinesh, an employee working in a nearby office says,”Two wheelers also tend to add to the problem. The whole stretch is difficult for walking and the footpath is not usable at all and the drainage along the stretch is not even covered. This has been the condition for the last six months. On top of it, the two wheelers trespass on the footpath whenever there is traffic congestion.” Relating his day to day problem, Raju, another pedestrian says,”What can we do? It is right next to the Police Station and they havn’t done anything about it, now who do we go and complain?”
With IPL matches being held at the stadium, the number of pedestrians on this road has drastically increased traffic snarls. With footpaths shrinking, pedestrians are forced to walk on the roads creating multi-fold problems for the vehicle drivers, thereby, posing danger to both the road users.