BENGALURU: Following the rape and assault on a Tumakuru-based woman at Cubbon Park late in the evening on November 12, the Horticulture Department has sent a proposal to the government seeking to completely ban public entry to the park after 7.30 pm.
Speaking to Express, Mahantesh Murgod, Deputy Director, Cubbon Park said the Director of Horticulture Department had sought a detailed report on the incident and all the entries to the park. “After this, a proposal was sent to the government to ban public entry in the evening,” Murgod said.
He also added that the Home Department would have to make necessary arrangements for traffic movement if the proposal is implemented.
Horticulture Department Director S B Bommanahalli said within a week after the incident, the department proposed to close all the eight entrance gates and stressed on installing CCTV cameras at all the entrances. “Now the matter is before the government," he said.
The park authorities have already heightened security by deploying more Home Guards. The Cubbon Park police also make several rounds from dusk to dawn and randomly checking vehicles.
The Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association has welcomed this proposal. “Banning vehicles and public movement after 7.30 pm is good. When all BBMP parks are being closed at 8 pm, the same can apply to Cubbon Park. At least there will be lesser pollution during night times and also instances of crime can be prevented," an office-bearer said.