First published January 14, 2017
No doubt protests, agitations, rallies are rights in a democracy but not at the cost of others. The direct effect is on mobility due to the traffic jam.
Many cities have planned for an exclusive Protest Zone in line with Bengaluru’s Freedom Park where a part is earmarked to hold agitations.
Most of the protests in Belagavi are held at Rani Chennamma Circle which blocks the entire traffic at the circle and also causes traffic jams in diverted areas as Rail Nagar, club Road etc.
The Circle, which connects to many roads including the state and national highways must be kept free of protests.
Traffic movement is hampered in Belagavi for a long time due to various forms of protests.
The city corporation and the district administration must think on this and make space for an exclusive protest zone which will protect the rights of the citizens and at the same time will not hamper mobility.