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Hold your nose this Diwali

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BENGALURU: The festival of lights is here but citizens are still in the dark about how long they’ve to put up with the stink from garbage heaps in their neighbourhood. Though the stir by Doddaballapur villagers, who had stopped garbage trucks from entering processing units in their backyard for six days, has ended, the menace hasn’t. On Sunday too, many residents complained of uncleared garbage in areas like Church Street, Commercial Street, Malleswaram, Yelahanka, Sahakarnagar, Hebbal, Vidyaranyapura and Rajajinagar.

The wait is expected to continue for at least two more days — after Diwali — as BBMP officials said they’ll need time till Wednesday to clear the collected waste. “We have to sort thousdands of tonnes of muck accumulated over five days, from the time the Doddaballapur protest started,” said a senior official from the Palike’s solid waste management wing.

Sudhanva D, a resident of Malleswaram had come to shop in central Bengaluru and happened to drop in at Church Street. “I was welcomed by flies hovering around a garbage dump at one of the cross roads. This is pathetic. A friend, who was there two days ago, faced the same problem,” he pointed out.

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No vehicles on Comm St at least once a month?

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BENGALURU: Following Saturday evening’s massive footfall on Commercial Street, traffic police are looking at pedestrianizing the city’s premier shopping hub; they are in talks with the shoppers’ association to ban vehicles in the area at least once a month. However, to do so, cops will first have to come up with a parking plan.

“We have been in talks with the association for a few weeks now. We hope to do it on a Saturday when the move will actually serve the purpose of reducing traffic and allowing easy movement for all those out to shop,” said MA Saleem, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

The need for better traffic management in the area cannot be denied. According to Shivajinagar traffic police estimates, on weekends at least 5,000 to 6,000 pedestrians visit Commercial Street and at least 1,000 vehicles pass through the street during the peak hours on an average.

However, when it comes to parking, the street is extremely ill-equipped. On Commercial Street, only 74 vehicles can be parked at a time. Kama raj Road has parking on both sides and can accommodate about 100 vehicles.

“This becomes a bigger problem considering those visiting the commercial hub spend at least 3-4 hours shopping, unlike on MG Road or Brigade Road where it’s more of rubbernecking and cafe hopping,” said Saleem.

There’s also a third option for parking, which barely anyone uses, say police officials. The transport and traffic management centre in Shivajinagar, popularly known as the Shivajinagar bus stop, has two levels of parking where up to 250 vehicles can be parked.

“Many people think the bus stop is far from Commercial Street and will require a long walk. But it’s actually less than 500 metres from the rear side of the street,” he pointed out.

Saleem hopes to promote the bus stop for parking.”For those who cannot walk, we are looking at options like providing mini-buses from the bus stop to Commercial Street as last-mile connectivity,” he said.

The plans gain prominence at a time when Commercial Street witnessed perhaps the highest number of visitors in recent years on Saturday , forcing a ban on entry of vehicles. According to police estimates, on Saturday , the Street was chock-ablock with 7,000-9,000 pedestrians between 4pm and 8pm.”There were so many vehicles that we initially stopped cabs from entering the street.When even that didn’t help, we stopped all private vehicles. The slow-moving traffic led to a pileup all the way to Cubbon Road,” said Saleem.

He added that this is the first time that Diwali rush has caused such a problem.

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Bengaluru: Car-borne couple impaled by eucalyptus trunks, dies

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BENGALURU: A couple were killed after their car rammed a tractor laden with eucalyptus trunks near Vijayapura, Devanahalli, north of Benglauru, around 8 pm Sunday night.

Nagaraj, 54, a resident of Melur in Sidlaghatta taluk in Chikkaballapur district, was driving with his wife, Parvathamma, by the side. They were heading home, with their 15-year-old daughter sleeping on the rear seat. The girl was unscathed while the eucalyptus trunks impaled her parents.

According to Vijayapura police, the tractor, which was going in front of the car, did not have any tail light and had not given any indication of the protruding stems. “We are not sure how exactly the accident took place, whether the couple were speeding. However, the car has rammed the tractor and the couple in front took the brunt of the hit,” police said.

The driver of the tractor abandoned the vehicle and fled from the spot.

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