Mysuru, Nov 10: You may wonder why the road divider on the stretch from K R Circle to Government Ayurveda College on the busy Sayyaji Rao Road here is missing. It is a common practice of the city traffic police to remove the metal divider on the stretch to facilitate the smooth movement of the Dasara procession and build it after the festivities get over. This time, even four weeks after the completion of festivities, the divider has not been built on the stretch.
The reason? Mayor Ayub Khan wants to beautify the stretch by replacing the divider with potted plants. But the traffic police is opposed to the idea and therefore the building of the divider has been delayed.
The widening of Sayyaji Rao Road, which was taken up amidst opposition from greens since 20 to 22 trees need to be cut down to facilitate the works, has been partly completed. The stretch was asphalted recently during Dasara. The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has sought permission of the tree court to fell the trees, but the court has not replied to its request and therefore the widening work has come to a halt.
Since the road is one of the prime shopping hubs in the city and is frequented by tourists, the MCC had proposed beautifying the stretch after the widening work was completed. When the police was about to build the divider after the festivities, the corporation suggested that instead potted plants be placed on the road.
“It will serve two purposes, that of beautifying the stretch and of dividing the road into two lanes. It is one of the oldest roads in the city and many heritage structures are located in the vicinity. We suggested this in order to give a more vibrant look to the stretch, said Mr. Khan.
However, sources in the Police Department argue that the corporation"s idea of keeping potted plants as a road divider is unscientific since it will encourage people to cross the road from anywhere, thereby causing accidents and disrupting vehicular movement.
“Keeping in mind the safety of pedestrians, it is not advisable to have potted plants as a road divider. the sources said. The proposal has now reached the Police Commissioner who will examine the arguments.