Mangalore, Dec 31, 2015 : Mangaluru City Police and Dakshina Kannada district administration are seriously considering to ban the entry of heavy goods vehicles/trucks in to the city during peak hours. Taking note of the growing traffic jams in the city at key junctions and arterial roads leading to the city, the authorities have decided to experiment with a ban starting December 31 and has identified time slots in the morning as well as evening when the traffic peaks on any given day.
DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim and city police commissioner S Murugan who discussed the issue told media that the onus of implementing the ban and studying its after effects will be vested with Mangaluru City Traffic Police. DC Ibrahim said heavy goods vehicle could be stopped at Mukka on one end of the city and near Talapady at the other end during peak hours for a period ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. "It will be observed how it works," DC Ibrahim said.
Police Commissioner Murugan acknowledged that the experiment will be difficult in that it entails barring movement of heavy goods vehicles along National Highway that runs through and out skirts the city in many places. "We anticipate resistance from lorry owners and drivers on the ban of free movement of vehicles on NH," he said, adding the Mangaluru City Traffic Police will analyse how things work out, and the places where these goods vehicles have to be parked during the no-movement period.
He also mentioned that specific spots would be identified for the purpose of parking the trucks in Suratkal and Kotekar on NH 66 and at Kannur on NH- 75.
The system is already prevalent in Bengaluru and other cities but a decision on whether to continue the same or not in Mangaluru will be arrived at only after examining the advantages and problems encountered during the exercise in the experimental phase.