Encroachments endanger lives of pedestrians
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Encroachments endanger lives of pedestrians

October 25, 2019

Footpath vendors  near ever-busy suburban bus stand force pedestrians to walk on road 

Mysore: Pedestrians are forced to walk on the ever-busy suburban bus stand road endangering their lives as the footpath is encroached by hawkers. Large scale encroachment of the footpath on the stretch in front of St. Bartholomew’s Church near the bus stand by vendors selling various items has made the footpath congested and forcing pedestrians to walk on road.

This footpath is always busy as thousands of commuters go to the bus stand to catch buses to their destinations daily. Though the footpath is broad enough, a portion of it is already occupied by autorickshaws, as there is a pre-paid autorickshaw counter at the corner of the bus stand. 

The autos line up around the Church and continues behind the bus stand also. With autos occupying a portion of the footpath and vendors occupying some more portion of the footpath, the walkway has become narrow and congested for pedestrians.

Vendors use tables and chairs to display items such as fruits, flowers, watches, clothes, footwear, belts, wallets, purses, sun glasses, plastic items, caps, hats and food items. They also install large umbrellas and even put up plastic and tarpaulin sheets above to protect them and their items from sun and rain which also adds to the woes of pedestrians.    

This footpath is frequented by thousands of people who alight at  the bus stand to go towards Sangam Theatre, Clock Tower, Town Hall, City Bus Stand, Devaraja Market, Ashoka Road, K.T. Street, Gandhi Square, Sayyaji Rao Road and surrounding places. As the footpath is occupied by autos and vendors, only about three to four feet of the footpath is free for pedestrians. This hindrance has become a bane to women, children and senior citizens who are now risking their lives by walking on the busy Bengaluru-Nilgiri road.

Though there are Traffic Police at the pre-paid auto counter, they are not bothered about the problems being faced by the pedestrians as it is the duty of the civic authorities to clear footpaths for pedestrians. The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) authorities should take steps to clear the footpath meant for pedestrians and also take steps to provide alternate place for the vendors to conduct their business.

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City Top Cop, Mayor react

The problems faced by pedestrians have come to our notice and we have also observed it. Footpath is meant for pedestrians and its encroachment is leading to people walking on roads which has caused accidents. If MCC comes forward to clear the encroachments, we will provide security to them.

— K.T. Balakrishna, City Police Commissioner

We have discussed about this issue in the Council Meeting following numerous complaints from the public. We will bring this to the notice of the District Minister and take action to clear the footpath.

— Mayor Pushpalatha Jagannath

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Encroachments endanger lives of pedestrians”

  1. boregowda says:

    Why should MCC get OK from the District Minister to do their job of providing safe foot path and other amenities to the public

  2. What a culture! says:

    Well, this has been happening progressively since the last 4 decades,. The suspicion even then when these footpath vendors started appearing was that they bribe the police who either turn blind eye or chase them away from footpath in the understanding that they could come back after a few hours. This is third world India,. These vendors are doing: “footpath yann”, while Modi thinks that he could forget the problems that grip third world India and boast about k”Chandrayaan”! Life is very cheap in India for Indians, not their leaders. Corrupt cesspit.

  3. Prashanth says:

    ಈ ಹಳೆ ಪಿಡುಗಿಗೆ ಕೇವಲ ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಅಥವಾ ನಗರಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಅವರು ಮಾತ್ರ ಅಲ್ಲ ಮೀಡಿಯಾದವರು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ತಗೋ ಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತೆ ಸಣ್ಣಪುಟ್ಟ ವಿಷಯಗಳಿಗೆತಮ್ಮ ಪೇಪರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸ್ಥಾನವನ್ನು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ ಆದರೆ ಇಂಥ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಮರೆತುಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ನಮ್ಮ ಹೃದಯಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಸಯ್ಯಾಜಿರಾವ್ ರಸ್ತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತೂ ಇದರ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿದೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಪಟ್ಟ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಪೇಪರ್ ನವರು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಇದರ ಮೇಲೆ ಗಮನ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಪರಿಹರಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿ ಕೇಳಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇವೆ

  4. Sunil Subramanyam says:

    This only sickens me. As a young adult, I know I should be optimistic, but people have become so self-centred and uncivilized that they don’t give a squat in keeping our country clean and organized. If I’m in power, I’m not going to focus much on keeping adults in check, I’d rather inculcate good education in young children.

  5. It is the problem not only in Mysuru, it is Bengaluru, Hubli and other cities. In a road, a footpath us essential for pedestrians and road to vehicles. In between, these vendors occupying footpath is illegal. It is promoted by the politicians from corporators to ministers who have direct involvement, one for monetary gain and more so to retain voterbase of such hawkers, due to lack of education and they are easily pliable. But my inference is that it is the lack of commitment by corporation & police in discharging their duties & responsibilities. Full blame should go to officials of corporation & police. If govt., initiates disciplinary action on them , then it will be easy to facilitate pedestrians.

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