Rules eased on heavy vehicles in Gulbarga during daytime

Special Correspondent
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Taking stock:Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar presiding over a meeting in Gulbarga on Thursday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni
Taking stock:Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar presiding over a meeting in Gulbarga on Thursday.— Photo: Arun Kulkarni

The Road Transport Authority (RTA) has decided to relax the rules on movement of heavy vehicles in the city during the day, so that foodgrains and fertilizer may be transported.

Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar, who is RTA chairman, overruled the request of the Police and the Transport officials to ban the movement of vehicles from the railway goodshed during the day, given the traffic problems the vehicles may cause and the ban in place.

At the same time, he urged the Agriculture Department to explore the option of transporting foodgrains (for distribution through the public distribution system) and the fertilizer (for use by farmers during the kharif season) in smaller vehicles. The vehicles, with 10-tonne capacity, could be run more frequently, he suggested. “By this, we can achieve the twin objective of meeting the demand for foodgrains and fertilizer, and also implement the ban on movement of heavy vehicles.”

He suggested that the Agriculture Department, while sanctioning tenders for transport of fertilizer, include a condition that the fertilizer should only be transported in smaller vehicles.

Mr. Kumar also asked Railway officials to consider constructing a goods shed at a nearby station to enable dumping of fertilizer and foodgrains, from where they can be moved into the city by small vehicles.

Central Railway officials agreed to look into it.

Circles to be cleared

The RTA accepted the suggestion from Superintendent of Police N. Satish Kumar to remove five circles at important junctions in the city to streamline traffic.

The meeting also decided to shift the vegetable wholesale and retail market near MSK Mill, popularly known as Kanni market, to an open space at the adjacent GDA Layout within a week. Until now, vendors sold their wares along the Gulbarga–Afzalpur State highway, affecting traffic.

  • Agriculture Department urged to use smaller vehicles to transport foodgrains, fertilizer

  • Railways urged to construct goods shed where grain, fertilizer can be transferred




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