Shopkeepers in Kengeri lose business due to parking space crunch

Taru Jain


Bangalore, Sept. 5, 2017: Shopkeepers in Kengeri have seen a fall in revenue by 50 per cent since the construction of the metro began in the area in June 2016. Shopkeepers say that their business has taken a hit due to the parking space crunch. The ongoing construction has caused parking problems as the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has dug up the middle of the road on Kengeri Main Road, towards Uttarahalli.

The shopkeepers eagerly wait for the footfalls on a weekday afternoon.

Before the construction began, the road was wide enough to accommodate parking of vehicles on both the sides,the shopkeepers said. With barricades put up in the middle, a narrow strip of road is being used for the movement of traffic which has left no space for parking. However, people still try to park their vehicles on the main road which causes traffic jams.

The shop-owner of the Sri Ranga Stores, a stationery shop, said, “The business is dull. I am facing 50 per cent loss in revenue.” Another shopkeeper, Shankar, said that due to barricades, the customers face difficulty in crossing the road to visit the shops on the other side. Also, the barricades block their shops, reducing visibility to customers which results in poor business.

Ravi Kumar, a customer at a medical store, who works at a pharmaceutical company, said that he had to park his four-wheeler inside one of the lanes for which he had to take a different route. His visits have become less frequent due to the parking problem.
The problem is noticeable as one can see shopkeepers of general stores on the Kengeri Main Road eagerly waiting for the footfalls even though it’s a weekday afternoon.

Traffic Police Department statistics show that the number of vehicles booked under parking violation in the area has increased. In 2015, the number was 9,061 which rose to 9,431 in 2016 and in 2017 up until July, it has already reached 10,962.
Nagesh S.G., a police constable at the Kengeri Traffic Police Station, said that the BMRCL has notified the traffic department that it would complete the work at the fastest pace possible. He added that the vehicles that supply materials like water and tar for the construction are parked within the barricades of the dug up area to ease the situation but the problem still persists for public.

U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesman for the BMRCL, said, “Metro cannot go through paddy fields. It will go where the people will go. While the construction takes place in city, disruption will be there.”

Pankaj Yadav, an urban planner based in Bangalore, said “Delhi Metro projects implemented by DMRC allows for smooth passage of traffic by modulating the timings of construction during night and alternate passage for traffic flow.”

M. Venkaiah Naidu, the then Union Minister for Urban Development has promised that the work on Mysuru Road-Kengeri stretch should be completed by the end of 2018. The construction started in June last year on Mysuru Road-Kengeri stretch.


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