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PARKING MESS: There is hardly any space for people to enter the KSRTC bus stand in Mysore with vehicles parked on its premises.
PARKING MESS: There is hardly any space for people to enter the KSRTC bus stand in Mysore with vehicles parked on its premises.

Shankar Bennur

No alternative arrangement has been made by the KSRTC or traffic police

MYSORE: Vehicle owners are finding it difficult to park their vehicles at the sub-urban bus stand here. This is in the wake of the closure of the vehicle-parking zone near Wellington Lodge on Irwin Road, which is a few yards away from the bus stand.

People, especially those owning four-wheelers, who come to see off or pick up their friends and relatives or for advance reservations, face hardship in the absence of parking space for their vehicles at the bus-stand. To accommodate more two-wheelers on the bus stand premises after the closure of the parking zone next to Wellington Lodge, space for parking cars has been reduced.

Moreover, no alternative parking space for cars has been notified either by the KSRTC or traffic police.

According to KSRTC sources, there are two parking zones, one near the entry gate for buses and the other at the main entrance to the bus-stand.

Many people travel to various places from Mysore and they park their two-wheelers on the bus stand premises.

With the closure of the parking zone near Wellington Lodge, the number of vehicles being parked on the bus stand premises has increased considerably, leading to congestion. “Forget parking space for cars, even two-wheelers do not get space after 10 a.m.,” a commuter said.

There are complaints that traffic policemen take objections to parking of cars in front of the bus stand.

“We sometimes park our cars in front of the bus stand, but policemen take objection and ask us to go away,” Siddharth, who owns a car, said.

With the barricading of parking zones on either side of the bus stand, the lanes leading to the entrance of the bus stand and also to the exit have become congested.

The KSRTC authorities are pleading helplessness to the increasing parking woes at the bus stand.

The reason for the shortage of space for parking vehicles is the increase in the number of buses and passengers, especially on Bangalore-Mysore route, thanks to the four-lane expressway. KSRTC Divisional Controller Ashok Kumar told The Hindu that he would talk to the Mysore City Corporation authorities on the availability of space in the vicinity of the bus stand for parking vehicles.

“I have written to those who have bagged the parking contract at the bus stand to ensure orderly parking so that more vehicles can be accommodated. I have also received complaints of misbehaviour with people coming to the bus stand and sometimes collecting more parking fee,” Mr. Kumar said.

Mr. Kumar said that he had received complaints of blocking the main entrance gate by autorickshaws that line up for the pre-paid service.

“I will ask the Police Commissioner’s office to ensure free movement of commuters inside the bus stand,” he said.

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