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Meet the senior citizens on footpath watch

By Reya Mehrotra

This aged duo sacrifices their siesta to stay two-wheeler riders off the footpath in Banashankari

If you’re a footpath rider, and also you’ve became a blind eye and a deaf ear to visitors rules and warnings from the police, this must guilt commute you into preventing this offence at this time.
Even when you’ve been a sufferer, haplessly staring at pavement riders striking your life and limb to possibility, then these two senior electorate will encourage you.

Meet Usha Srikantan, 75 and Subramaniam CP, 64. For the closing 10 days, they have got been status at the footpath at Banashankari third Stage, close to their apartments, with placards in their hand, pleading footpath riders to prevent taking on paths meant for pedestrians.

Senior electorate stay two-wheeler riders off the footpath in Banashankari

Every day, they’re there between 2 pm and four pm, ordinarily siesta time for senior electorate, status on 100 Feet Ring Road, Banashankari third degree. Bravely they stand in the solar, in the path of footpath riders, who come towards them at break neck pace and prevent a foot away. Their frail frames are undeterred through the speed at which these motorcycles means them. They’ve resolved to direct footpath riders clear of pedestrian walkways, because some riders are just too detached to the safety of pedestrians.

They don’t impose fines, nor can they march you off to the cops. All they do is inform the errant footpath riders to go all of the way back from the place that they had got on to the footpath and ride at the highway.

Footpath takeover

The two senior electorate say that they were pushed to take this excessive step because they noticed their footpath were taken away through vendors. For Subramaniam, a resident of Shankari apartments, it used to be a long-standing dream to reclaim the footpath, but he didn’t in finding the time since he used to be working. After retirement, he teamed up along with his neighbour, Usha, to prevent footpath riders. Says Subramaniam, “I take my canine for a stroll everyday at the footpath at the Ring Road but it's at all times crowded. A few days in the past, my canine and I were almost hit through a biker who used to be riding at the footpath. That’s after I determined to start out this initiative with my neighbour.”

Usha Srikantan with a placard

Usha Srikantan, a social activist and resident of Sterling Terraces condo says, “I at all times inform my grandson to walk at the footpath when he comes home from college. But he tells me that there is not any area to walk at the footpath. The corporator and a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike personnel promised that they're going to take initiatives for pedestrian protection but nothing ever occurs. When we contacted the visitors police, they stated they were understaffed and could no longer deploy any person in the area. When I requested them to make Subramaniam and me the visitors wardens, they laughed at us for pitching the idea at this age. But once we began volunteering, they referred to as and liked us for our efforts.”

While maximum commuters are encouraging and appreciative of the duo, some nonetheless refuse to conform and provides them a difficult time. But the duo tries to persuade them at first and then say that they're going to record them to the police.

Subramaniam and Srikantan’s families are supportive in their initiative but are apprehensive for their protection. Subramaniam adds, “I've issues of vision since I suffer from glaucoma. But nothing will stop us from volunteering. We additionally plan to switch our timings as we don’t want riders to get conversant in our afternoon watch and keep away from riding at the footpath between 2 pm and four pm.”

Seeing the aged duo volunteering by myself, their neighbours too have joined them in the afternoon watch. However, citizens are cautious of volunteering once it's dark as they concern getting run over through two wheelers rushing on footpaths

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