With Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Paike (BBMP) all set to introduce parking on roads in 80 places in the city, the jurban experts and traffic department says the move is nothing less than suicide. Earlier in his budget speech, MK Gunashekhar, standing committee chairperson for tax and finance,BBMP, had assured to end the parking menace, saying they have identified 80 places in the city including roads to introducing pay and parking. However, the traffic department feels this will only increase the parking menace.

 

A senior officer from Bengaluru Traffic Department said, "We are already having staff crunch and not able to manage all junctions. If parking on roads happen, it will be a menace."

 

Not having a choice except to welcome the move by another government agency, R Hitendra, Additional Traffic Commissioner, Bengaluru said, "The traffic department does not react publicly on policies of another department in the government. We only have to welcome it."

 

Urban expert V Ravichander slammed the move and opined that the BBMP cannot introduce parking on arterial roads or 'street parking' in residential areas without getting a permit. "But the BBMP has not bothered to think of all this and has just blindly announced pay and parking on roads," he added.

 

Going a step ahead in criticising the BBMP for such a move, traffic expert MN Shreehari said that this move is nothing but 'suicide'. "The BBMP is not even aware of the Supreme Court guidelines on parking on roads. The traffic department is already burdened with the shortage of staff. If parking is allowed on 80 BBMP roads, it will add more traffic and increase the travel times further," he said.