The weekend traffic ban on Church Street, which kicked off on November 7, has recieved a thumbs up from citizens and commercial establishments, including restaurants and pubs which are witnessing an increase after a dull start.
On Saturday, heaps of works created by many artists were displayed on Church Street, on sale on a “take what you love and pay what you like,” basis.
The Clean Air Street Initiative on Church Street, a pilot project to test the impact of traffic closures, has given a shot in the arm for officials who reported improvement in air quality.
Church Street wore a festive look on Saturday, as the first No-Vehicle weekend got underway. The event, which was inaugurated by chief minister BS Yediyurappa, is a part of the Clean Air Initiative by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT).
ವಾಯು ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟುವ ಸಲುವಾಗಿ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲೇ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕವಾಗಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಚರ್ಚ್ ಸ್ಟ್ರೀಟ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲೀನ್ ಏರ್ ಸ್ಟ್ರೀಟ್ ಯೋಜನೆ ಜಾರಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ, ವಾರಾಂತ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಹನ ಸಂಚಾರವನ್ನು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
Church Street is set to become a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare (closed for traffic) during the weekends, with restaurants and cafeterias situated here allowed to extend seating on pavements on Saturday and Sunday. This pilot project will run till February 2021. Called the Clean Air Street initiative, it is being launched by the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) in association with Catapult UK and Urban Morph.
Church Street in Bengaluru’s Central Business district, which houses offices, restaurants and pubs, was upgraded at a cost of Rs 9 crore in recent years with a pedestrian-first approach and it is the city's first road to be paved with granite cobble-stones.
As part of the Clean Air Street initiative DULT has decided to close down vehicular movement on Church Street, located in the central business district of India’s technological capital and one that is frequented by people of all ages, between 12 pm on Saturday to 12 am on Sunday (every weekends) from Friday till February next year.
Church Street wore a festive air on Saturday with street musicians playing for pedestrians and artists beautifying the walls and street cafes at the launch of the Clean Air Street pilot project that will see the popular road closed to vehicles every weekend from November 7 till the end of February.
Church Street is among several city roads that are proposed to be closed to motor vehicles every weekend for five months. The aim is to reprioritise clean mobility and demonstrate the positive impact of streets focused on people and sustainable behaviours.
The Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) initiated the move as part of its ‘Clean Air Street’ project.
Pedestrianisation police notification under Sec 115, Motor Vehicles Act 1988 & Sec 3, Police Control Act 1960.
BBMP permissions for restaurant outdoor seating - HO(E)/PR/783/2020-21.
BBMP permissions for signages on the street.
Press Release in English from DULT regarding pedestrianising Church Street.
Press Release in Kannada from DULT regarding pedestrianising Church Street.
Chief Minister Inaguration invitation in English.
Chief Minister Inaguration invitation in Kannada.
Post-event Press Release in English from DULT.
Post-event Press Release in Kannada from DULT.