Mangaluru, June 2,2017: Bibi Alabi Road in the Central Business District with hoards of scrap vehicle dealers right on the road was a difficult situation for years, the Mangaluru city police have now cleared encroachment on footpaths and the road.
Since about a week, the police have been carrying out similar drives across the city, particularly, on vehicle garages and workshops that had encroached on public spots making driving and walking difficult. Drives were conducted jointly by the Mangaluru North and Traffic West police to clear Bibi Alabi Road and free it of scrap.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Central) Udaya M. Nayak, many scrap dealers had been dismantling vehicles by parking old vehicles on the road. The road space had shrunk posing challenges to drivers and pedestrians to negotiate. There were frequent complaints from motorists and the public, and the police had to act after the dealers ignored many warnings.
The police commenced the clearance drive using a towing vehicle. Bibi Alabi Road was closed to traffic during the drive, which went on for hours. Many old vehicles were removed and kept in an open space near the Mangaluru North police station.
Hopefully the situation will not reoccur.