Councillors concerned over accidents involving two-wheelers on Udupi-Manipal Road

Councillors posed several queries regarding traffic problems in the city to Regional Transport Officer H.N. Ramesh at the general body meeting of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) here on Saturday.

S.P. Kudwa, councillor, said many accidents involving two-wheelers occurred on the four-lane Udupi-Manipal Road. Hence, more humps should be built at all intersections of the road, he added.

Mr. Ramesh said there was no provision for humps under law. They were also considered unscientific. However, rumblers could be placed at intersections and at places where approach roads joined the Udupi-Manipal four-lane road.

Vasanti Shetty, councillor, said that many private buses proceeding from Udupi to Mangalore had videos and most of the films screened had indecent scenes. Many city buses had tape recorders, which blared out indecent songs. This embarrassed passengers, especially women. Action should be taken against it, she said.

Ravi Amin, councillor, said the Regional Transport Department should confiscate videos and tape recorders from such buses. Mr. Ramesh said that there was no provision in law to remove video players. But bus operators would be given stern instruction to stop screening/playing indecent films/songs, he said.

Jayananda, councillor, said that many buses proceeding towards Havanje area were packed to capacity. Many students stood on the footboard and travelled. This could lead to accidents, he said. Mr. Ramesh said that he would immediately sanction permits, if private city bus operators came forward to operate buses to that area.

CMC president Kiran Kumar said that private buses to Mumbai should collect passengers from the city on National Highway 66. Instead, they entered the city in droves and created traffic snarls near Board High School, he said.

Mr. Ramesh said that he would look into the matter.

When Mr. Pai said that there were five autorickshaw stands surrounding the Service Bus-Stand creating traffic problems, Mr. Ramesh said that if the CMC certified which autorickshaw stands were illegal, action would be taken.

Yashpal Suvarna, councillor, said the Regional Transport Department should organise awareness programme for people on driving on the four-lane roads in the city. This would reduce accidents and help in better traffic management, he said.

Mr. Ramesh said that the district police had sent a proposal to the State Government introduce CCTVs at important road junctions for better traffic management in the city.

Mr. Ramesh said that instructions would be given to drivers of trucks transporting sand to cover the load with tarpaulins so that sand did not get blown to vehicles behind them.

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