The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) under the Department of Urban Development has recommended closing Cubbon Park for motorised traffic and also not allowing parking for motorised vehicles there.
In a letter to the Secretary, Department of Horticulture and Sericulture, Rajender Kataria, DULT Commissioner V Manjula, who is also ex-officio Additional Chief Secretary, has said that there is some thinking on the part of the government to re-open Cubbon Park for motorised traffic. At the same time, DULT has received representations from citizens’ groups to intercede on their behalf for ensuring a traffic-free Cubbon Park. DULT has examined the matter in detail.
The letter says Cubbon Park is a vast green space in the heart of the city and its pristine nature needs to be preserved. In various cities across the world, spaces in the city core are being reclaimed for the use of pedestrians and cyclists. Cubbon Park would be an ideal place to be reserved for pedestrians and cyclists in Bengauru. Pedestrians and cyclists can use the park as a shortcut to reach their destinations. Closing Cubbon Park to motorised traffic will not cause any inconvenience as motorised traffic has alternative routes to reach their destinations.
In this backdrop, DULT is of the view that re-opening of Cubbon Park to motorised traffic is not advisable and parking of motorised vehicles should not be allowed in the park, the letter says.