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Parking first, wedding later, say traffic police

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Wedding halls told to put parking facilities in place

Those travelling on the busy Sankey Road during marriage season will know that traffic clogs up for a fair distance when multiple weddings are conducted in the numerous halls of Palace Grounds. The scenario is repeated in front of nearly every marriage hall where parked vehicles often take up most of the road.

The traffic police believe this to be a major contributor to congestion in the city. They surveyed over 1,500 marriage halls, and when they host weddings, more than 40% of the neighbouring roads are occupied by vehicles of the attendees.

“For big weddings, there can be a minimum of 300 vehicles which are parked in and around marriage halls leading to traffic chaos,” says P. Harishekaran, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic). This translates to congestion in up to a 1-km radius of the hall, said officials.

Traffic police mentioned Rajajinaar, roads around Palace Grounds, Magadi Road, Bengaluru central and south as the problem areas.

Revise BBMP guidelines

They found that more than 95% of the wedding halls had converted their basements, which should be used for parking, into dining halls. “As a result, vehicles are forced to park on the roads occupying public space and creating nuisance to road users,” said Mr. Harishekaran, who held a meeting with the management of a few marriage halls to chalk out a solution.

During the meeting, traffic police directed the owners to ensure that the designated parking places are cleared. Moreover, if parking cannot be arranged within the complex, then they should make use of designated private parking areas to ensure that visitor vehicles do not spill over on to the road, the police said.

The larger problem, however, were the regulations of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Current legislation for marriage halls is to ensure that one parking space is allotted for every 50 visitors. That is, for a wedding of 1,000 people, only 20 parking spaces need to be allotted.

However, traffic police believe that nowadays a majority of the attendees come by vehicles.

“We will write to the BBMP to update and revise their guidelines to current traffic patterns,” said Mr. Harishekaran.

The BBMP, on the other hand, is now preparing a plan of action for removal of footpath encroachment. Part of the plan is to ensure that the basement is used for the purpose allowed in the sanctioned building plan.

The drive will begin across all the eight zones in the city from January 2019.

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