Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Benglauru. Making footpaths free is an obligation by BBMP. Illegal footpath encroachment has been narrowing the road, causing inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians.
Everyday we come across a lot of vehicles parked on footpaths and pavements. Cars and two wheelers are parked on both sides of narrow residential lanes and there is two way movement of traffic and navigating through them.
It has become a challenge for pedestrians especially those who are handicapped, having physical disability and senior citizens.
High court order on footpath encroachment :
The High Court of Karnataka on 10th June directed the civic body BBMP to file an affidavit within 3 weeks on the steps taken by the authorities to keep footpaths free of encroachment by shop owners.
This affidavit was in the wake of observing the citizens’ rights being affected if footpaths are not maintained in reasonably good condition. The footpaths must be kept free of encroachments.
Purpose of footpath :
Public streets are made for traffic to move and likewise footpaths are made for the use of citizens for walking.
If the footpaths are encroaches, it will affect the right of citizens. Footpaths have to be maintained so that citizens are able to walk freely.
Action by Police – footpath encroachment :
The city traffic police are currently carrying out a week-long drive to clear encroachments of footpaths and make them more pedestrian friendly.
The police aims to ensure that footpaths across the city are free from street vendors, petty shops, illegal parking of vehicles and dumping of construction materials.
Those dumping construction materials like pipes or wires on the footpaths will also have to be careful. The materials will be seized and the offenders will have to pay a penalty to get it cleared.
BBMP unhelpful :
In some areas the traffic police are oblivious of the state of affairs. Despite a clear ruling by the High Court of Karnataka to clear footpath encroachments, the BBMP is not acting tough on the encroachers.
The traffic police have expressed their helplessness as it is the BBMP’s responsibility to clear the encroachment and not that of the police.
The section 288 and 288C of the KMC Act clearly allow the removal of encroachments, either temporary or permanent, on the existing footpaths falling within BBMP’s jurisdictional limits. However, several complaints to jurisdictional Assistant Executive Engineers by citizens have not yielded any results. They pass the buck at each other dodging responsibility.
There are chances of serious accidents if the issues are not fixed on road’s footpaths. The BBMP officials and people’s representatives including the Mayor should inspect the busy roads and the footpaths and implement a ‘zero tolerance’ on footpath encroachment.
500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru :
To ensure safety of pedestrians crossing roads, the civic body BBMP has decided to build more than 500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru city with 15 cm. in height besides bumps.
Infra Boost :
The Traffic Police of Bengaluru city made a presentation demanding raised pedestrian crossings. They will come up on thoroughfare across the city.
The demands of Traffic Police includes :
- Pedestrian crossings at 221 locations
- Sky-walks/FOB’s at 86 locations
- Up-gradation of pedestrian crossings are 213 spots
- Relocation of electrical poles at 97 locations and 76 transformers
- Amenities at 47 accident black-spots
- Solution to water logging at 45 places
- Street light functioning at 105 locations
Areas Covered :
The initiative of 500 raised cross walks across Bengaluru City includes facilities along outer ring road, Sarjapur road, Magadi Road and some of the core areas in the city.
The 367 junctions includes facilities like traffic umbrellas, railings information and direction boards, painted cross walks, cameras at important junctions, traffic signage, hazard boards, street lights, removing of trees and widening of roads.