Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Bengaluru

Footpaths to be free of encroachments in Bengaluru

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.

Conclusion :

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 :
  1. Pedestrian crossings at 221 locations
  2. Sky-walks/FOB’s at 86 locations
  3. Up-gradation of pedestrian crossings are 213 spots
  4. Relocation of electrical poles at 97 locations and 76 transformers
  5. Amenities at 47 accident black-spots
  6. Solution to water logging at 45 places
  7. 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.

Good Samaritan Law – Samaritans detained by cops

Good Samaritan Law – Samaritans detained by cops

Good Samaritan Law- Bengaluru Samaritans complain they are detained by cops in a survey

A survey conducted reveals that 8 out of 10 people in the country is unaware of the 2016 Good Samaritan Law.  This Law aims to encourage citizens to offer first aid to victims.

The city of Chennai and Bengaluru respondents have the least awareness about the law.  Chennai stands at 93% and Bengaluru at 92%.

Good Samaritan Law :

This laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. By contrast, a duty to rescue law requires people to offer assistance and holds those who fail to do so liable.

Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.

Why is Good Samaritan law important?

Ensuring that Good Samaritans are protected from liability claims or legal actions as a result of their assistance.  It is important for ensuring that people are not afraid to render assistance to strangers when required to do so.

80% of citizens are not aware of their rights of not being harassed by either police or hospital.  None of the hospitals have displayed in their premises the Good Samaritan Charter. Hospitals are required to the public a charter in Hindi, English and regional language.

The Good Samaritan law aims to encourage people to offer first-aid to accidental victims without fear of harassment by police.  It also provides for financial help to good Samaritans who help victims in a timely manner. They will be exempted from repeated attendance in court and police station.

Percentage of awareness about the Good Samaritan Law:

India 16%

Bengaluru 8%

Indore 29%

Jaipur 28%

Chennai 7%

A large group of a police station and hospitals demand for contact details of Good Samaritans who help the victims.  57% of hospital employees and 64% of police admitted to asking contact details of good Samaritans.

The Police also agreed that they pressurize the good Samaritans to become a witness in case of helping accident victims.  9% of police admitted that they forcibly detain the bystanders to become the witness.  31% of the said eyewitnesses are accused by the police according to the lawyers who deal with the case.

Most of the people are willing to help except a small group of people who wants to escort the accident victims to hospitals or calling the police or an ambulance.

Reasons for not helping includes being scared of police harassment, getting involved in an unwanted legal tangle and being unaware of the Good Samaritan law.

Solutions :

The main solution is in having a state-specific Good Samaritan laws

Grievance redressal mechanism for good Samaritans

A reward and recognition system

A penalty system for police and hospitals that do not adhere to the law

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