Mangaluru, Sep 09, 2017 : The district administration has permanently banned protests and public meetings at the Clock Tower, Jatka Stand and Service Bus Stand located in the heart of the city, with immediate effect as it created a lot of traffic jams.
An official press release issued here on Friday said that such protests and public meeting at any of these three places affected the movement of ambulances and fire-tenders during emergencies, besides affecting the traffic flow.
It also made it difficult for the students to reach schools and colleges and patients and care-givers to reach hospitals located in the area.
A notification banning the protests and public meeting at these places had been issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, the release said.
Police Commissioner to consider change of protest venue
City residents’ demand to shift the protest venue from in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office and the central business district area cropped up again after Thursday’s ‘Mangaluru Chalo’.
Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh said on Friday that he would examine it.
The traffic issues in the city during the protest meeting of the BJP at Ambedkar Circle and during its workers’ march to the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday prompted a citizen to raise the issue again during the phone-in programme of the Commissioner on Friday.
The caller, Hasanabba, urged the police to notify a designated place out of the busy areas for holding protests and dharnas in the city. The caller said that this demand was pending for long.
Holding protests near the Deputy Commissioner’s office has been causing problems for people as it affected free movement of traffic, he said.
Mr. Suresh said the demand was made when A.B. Ibrahim was the Deputy Commissioner. He said he would discuss the issue before the incumbent K.G. Jagadeesha and take action.
Ganesh, a resident of Urwa Market, said nothing had changed since his complaint last week of problem to residents because of parking of vehicles in the market area on Sundays.
Mr. Suresh assured him of posting a police constable on Sunday to regulate the parking.
Radhakrishna, a resident of Jeppu Market, asked Mr. Suresh to resume the drive against lorries, carrying fish, which have been spilling waste water on the road.
Krishna, a resident of Bajpe, sought action against the operators of Route No. 27 bus as some of the conductors were charging excess fare.
Satish, a resident of Attavar, sought action against a bus of a school in the locality as students are accommodated in excess of the permitted number.