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Hubballi / Dharwad

Is this a parking lot or a bicycle lane? Questions Congress leader Rajat Ullagaddimath.

Photo credit: Vijay Bakale

For quite some time, the TenderSURE road between Arts College and Tolankere has been in the headlines. It is recognised as the first TenderSURE road in north Karnataka and the only road with room for bicycle riders, garnering criticism from netizens since the space allocated for bicycle riders is being exploited by bikers and vehicle drivers to park their cars. As a result, the goal of establishing a bicycle lane on this route has not been met.

Recently, Hubballi-Dharwad Police installed a parking signboard on the footpath next to a signboard indicating a bicycle lane, which caught the attention of concerned residents who began questioning the Hubballi-Dharwad Police and Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation’s reasoning.

The bicycle lane is not being used by cyclists because the space is still filled by vehicles. As a result, many people have called for a restriction on car and bike parking on this lane.

Rajat Ullagaddimath, a Congress leader who is active on social media platforms, has highlighted this issue and backed the netizens.

Rajat tagged HDMC, police commissioner, and district in-charge minister Jagdish Shettar in a social media post and wrote “An absolute mess! Is this how taxpayers money is utilized by the Govt with the strategy failing so miserably that @HdmcHubliDwd couldn’t decide on what lane it’s in reality? @compolhdc plz look into the confusion created by these 2 signboards on Tender sure road. @JagadishShettar.”

Images of conflicting boards were shared on social media by young journalist Vijay Bakale and others.


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