Implementation of Clock Tower Circular One-Way Creates Traffic Chaos in State Bank Area

Implementation of Clock Tower Circular One-Way Creates Traffic Chaos in State Bank Area

The implementation of the Clock Tower-Clock Tower circular one-way has left the State Bank area in chaos as city buses are back in their earlier place with bus operators complaining that the State Bank terminal lacks amenities. All city buses line up on Maidan Road near State Bank while private vehicles and autorickshaws jostle for space on the one-way from A.B. Shetty Circle.

Many operators feel the administration could have at least waited till completion of all the Smart City work in the CBD before enforcing the one-way rule. Dakshina Kannada Bus Operators’ Association president Jayasheela Adyanthaya said that the space earmarked for city buses inside the terminal does not have any facility, like shelters for passengers, rest rooms and even a bitumen surface. Hence, the Association requested the district administration to allow city buses to operate from their earlier location till the Mangalore City Corporation or the Mangalore Smart City Ltd. (MSCL) make the necessary arrangements. From one end, city buses move at breakneck speed towards State Bank bus stand and block Nellikai Road while they are joined by other private vehicles from A.B. Shetty Circle. From the other end, vehicles from Nellikai Road and Port Road take a right turn towards Rosario Road. In between, hundreds of students and general public have to cross the circle towards schools, the DC’s office, bus stand, and other places.

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