Traffic woes worsen due to inadequate infrastructure, more vehicles

Aug 3, 2017

Mysuru: The space for roads is gradually shrinking in the city, despite there being an increase in the number of vehicles. The authorities are not creating enough parking spaces in the city, which receives nearly 3.6 million visitors from across the globe every year.

Efforts are being made to solve the parking issue for the last one decade, but nothing concrete has happened so far. It was planned to introduce a pay-and-park system on the busy Devaraj Urs road long back, but it hasn’t materialized till today. The concept is still being talked about by the authorities and elected representatives.

 

A multi-level parking project was designed in front of Mysore zoo, in the park area ,but the project hit a roadblock over handing over the property to the zoo authorities, as its guardian— the Mysuru city corporation—was reluctant, as they wanted to implement the plan. A basement parking lot for 700 cars and 500 two-wheelers was conceived at town hall, in the heart of Mysuru, nearly five years ago, but it is yet to materialize.

The delay in executing projects have forced the authorities to allow people to park vehicles on streets, which has shrunk the road space, creating traffic bottlenecks, even on roads like Devaraj Urs road. During weekends, streets in the heart of Mysuru have an excess of vehicles on them, slowing down traffic. Vehicles are allowed to be parked on both sides of narrow roads like the Narayanshastri and Ashoka roads, which exacerbates the problem. Even footpaths are used for parking on some stretches like the Sri Harsha road.

“Almost every street where parking is allowed on the road, faces traffic problems,” says assistant commissioner of police (Traffic) K N Madaiah. “This is because town planners have failed to create sufficient space for vehicles,” he adds.

MCC commissioner G Jagadheesha says the problem will be addressed shortly in the centre of the city. He says a tender has been floated to introduce pay -and-park system on Devaraj Urs road, where roughly 230 four-wheelers and nearly 1,000 two-wheelers can be parked. “We’re serious about this initiative. Even though there are less participants for the tender, the MCC will surely take up the project on its own. We’re for the pay-and-park scheme because shopkeepers are taking up more space to park their cars throughout the day,” he says. “We’re already done with the Town hall basement, which can alleviate some parking issues,” he said. There are 6.8 lakh vehicles in Mysuru.

Source: Times of India