Mangaluru, Jan 30, 2017: Nearly permanent gridlocks and traffic blocks caused due to big functions, especially religious meets, celebrations, marriages and so on regularly at the city’s major convention centre on Mahatma Gandhi Road has become a cause of worry for Mangaluru City Traffic Police. Such gridlocks paralyze traffic movement in the entire central business district area. It also puts major strain on the already overstretched MCTP force which has its task cut out in dealing with the fall out.
Taking note of one such recent gridlock caused due to a marriage at this convention centre, deputy commissioner of police (crime and traffic) M Sanjeev Patil held a detailed discussion with the management of the centre.
The discussion centred on steps that the management has to take to ensure that such situations do not arise in future and steps will be initiated on their response to the directives MCTP has given. Sanjeev Patil told media that one of the steps mooted is to ensure that the present entry and exit point opening to the main thoroughfare on M G Road is changed into an exit point only. There is a secondary entry point on the rear side of the hall through the Kodialbail (West) Road.
"Since this road is narrow (just 30 feet), we are contemplating on the feasibility of making it a one way, given that it is also the road that leads to many residential houses in the area," he said. There is also the question of vehicles coming to the convention centre and beyond from Kodialbail (East Road) and going to Kodialbail (West), those from Kodialbail (West) towards Canara College, straight towards Kodialbail (East) or towards Lalbagh and those taking a u-turn at this busy junction to go towards Kodialbail (West) and towards the centre. In addition to this, steps will be taken to ensure no motorcycles are parked on the footpath in front of the centre, abutting the wall towards Kodialbail West Road. The measure hopefully will help ease traffic in the future.