The illegal parking and encroachments on the either sides of the Pulla Avenue in Shenoy Nagar have left the residents with no other choice but forgo the opportunity of utilising the Thiru Vi Ka Park that lies on one end of the road and the Shenoy Nagar skating rink on the other side.
The illegal parking takes up most of the road, causing pedestrians to take to walking on the middle of the road, which puts them in danger of vehicular accidents. According to police officials, this parking is being looked into. Regular patrols are being done in the area to ensure delinquent activity is stopped at the source.
Citing these issues, the residents have turned to the Shenoy Nagar skating park which is on the other end of Pulla Avenue for their recreational purposes. Yet the park also did not offer any respite, said Gopati.
“The pavement is always occupied due to encroachments by the food carts. This, coupled with the disorganised parking by two-wheelers, makes the area inaccessible for pedestrians, save for the entrance to the park,” she said, adding that this has led for parents to escort their children to the park for fear of their safety.
Additionally, these vendors dispose a lot of waste on the road rather than the assigned bins, causing further issues for the residents. “However, this is not only their fault. People who patronise these stalls must also be aware of their civic duty and dispose of the waste properly. This is the crux of the issues we are facing here. People have no civic sense to keep their surroundings clean, and that is further worsened by civic apathy,” she said.
According to a Corporation official, licences of these vendors are being looked into, and illegal vendors would be removed immediately. The appropriate bins also have been installed for public usage, they added.