It suggests clearing roads and imposing speed limits

A delegation from the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) on Saturday suggested improvements to the traffic system here.

BCCI president Satish Tendolkar, who led the delegation consisting of senior vice-president Rajendrakumar Harkuni, honorary secretary Panchakshari Chonnad and past presidents Basavaraj Javali, Vikas Kalghatgi and Subhash Katti, submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar, drawing his attention to traffic problems and suggesting measures to improve the system.

Their suggestions included restricting hawkers and vendors in busy market areas such as the Kanda market, Nargunkar Bhave Chowk, Mensi galli and Ganapat galli to specified places marked by the traffic police.

An Assistant Traffic Sub-Inspector and constables could be appointed for better traffic administration in these areas, they said.

In view of the heavy traffic congestion from Khadebazaar Second Phase, they advised clearing the roadside, opening parking zones in Narvekar galli, and adopting parking for two-wheelers on one side of the road on alternate days near Big Bazaar on Khanapur Road.

They also suggested taking action against cars parked unauthorisedly in Deshpande galli, Ansurkar galli and Kelkarbag, and providing parking space for cars near Inox shopping mall, Sardar High School ground and Kala Mandir, besides identifying new parking zones to ease congestion.

The traffic police should also take action against private transport vehicles and taxis parked on the stretch between Fort Circle and Khimjibhai petroleum outlet.

The BCCI drew attention to the illegal parking of trucks and heavy vehicles on NH 4 near Kakti, affecting the smooth and safe movement of vehicles, which often caused accidents.

They suggested opening a truck terminal at the earliest. They recommended installing traffic signals at Goaves Circle, near Bemco Cross on Khanapur Road, 1st railway gate and Deshmukh Road. They observed that speed humps had been badly laid and urged the departments concerned to correct the matter.

Rash driving

Another problem noted by the delegation was the irresponsible and rash driving by young motorcyclists, whose population had grown tremendously over last decade. The police should impose a speed limit on two-wheelers, particularly in school and college zones across the city, they said.

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