Mangaluru, Oct 13, 2018: Concerns flowed freely at the weekly phone-in programme on October 12, Friday about the parking of vehicles on the road connecting Mangaluru Central and Hampankatta.
A caller drew the attention of city Police Commissioner T.R. Suresh, despite widening the road motorists are facing problem as vehicles are parked all along the stretch. This was hampering the free flow of traffic, he said.
Commissioner Suresh concurred with the caller and said that he saw it first-hand when he visited some areas this week.
“Vehicles are parked even in the night. Doctors coming to Wenlock Hospital are facing problem,” he said.
Police commissioner Suresh directed Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Manjunath Shetty to take steps to prevent parking of vehicles on the road.
A caller from Jeppu said though a footpath was laid between Valencia and Father Muller Hospital it was being used by street vendors.
He said it was the same on the stretch between Nantoor Junction and Bikarnakatte Junction.
The police chief said they will take steps to free the pavement on the stretch between Valencia and the hospital after the Mangaluru City Corporation completes the work.
A caller from Baikampady complained that while city buses pick up passengers at Swati Petrol bunk bus stop they were dropping commuters far away from the stop.
A representative of city bus operators said they did so to avoid collision with heavy vehicles that take a turn near the bus stop. Chef Suresh directed traffic police officers to take action for shifting the bus stop.
One caller pointed to the problem caused to motorists because of checking of vehicles by police at regular intervals in Surathkal, Commissioner Suresh said this was being done in light of chain-snatching incidents reported in the area.
A person from Malemar pointed to hindrance to movement of traffic because of haphazard parking of vehicles near Hanuman Agencies on Malemar Road. Another caller pointed to problem to motorists from barricades placed near Kankanady flower market. A caller from Faizal Nagar demanded installation of speed breakers on the newly widended road in the area.