From Bangalore Mirror

A whopping 2,000 trucks are estimated to be entering Whitefield every day, wrecking havoc on the roads, making life miserable for techies and others.

Now the state government has come out with a plan to deal with the multi-axle biggies on the road: it has approached the railway ministry to shift the terminal of Container Corporation of India (Concor) and the satellite goods terminal from Whitefield to Hoskote or elsewhere. Every day, 2,000-plus heavy trucks come to these terminals to transport goods which include cements, construction materials, raw materials, industrial products and various other products.

As the terminals located on the main road are adjacent to IT parks, the move of the heavy trucks is obstructing the traffic. The establishment of the CONCOR has been operational since 1992 in the area and has immense experience in transport goods in consignments. However, officials of CONCOR maintain that it is not easy job to shift the terminal to elsewhere and identifying a suitable place and setting up of infrastructure is a big task. Industries minister R V Deshpande is in Delhi to meet union railway minister Suresh Prabhu to discuss the issue.

Speaking to media, Deshpande said, “Yes, the matter was discussed during the meeting with industrial bodies’ heads and civic body chiefs. I have come to Delhi to meet the union minister. If the container terminals are shifted from Whitefield, it will definitely decongest the IT corridors. We have to take the issue forward, find possible solutions on shifting the terminals. Every hundred thousands of trucks come there to transport goods. We will also study how terminals are functioning in rest of the country while discussing the issue with the Union government.”

The minister said the state government has taken up various initiatives with civic bodies to de-congest IT corridor. “There are visible changes in the area; roads have been asphalted in the area. The BDA has now taken up developmental works worth Rs 35 crore to repair and build footpaths in the area. The industries bodies are happy with initiates we have taken in the area,” said the minister. After reports appeared in the media stating that some of the IT companies shelving the plans of recruiting more people or moving to other cities, the industries department started attending to the grievances.

However, CONCOR is very skeptical about the move. A source said, “We are not aware of the development. When the terminal was established in 1992, Whitefield was treated as a place located on the outskirts. Over the years, companies and industries started coming and now Whitefield has turned into a big IT hub. Over the years, due to traffic regulations, even our operations are hit because trucks come inside the terminal only night, by 7 am the police start restricting the entry. Due to the tough rules, we find difficulty in delivering the goods to destinations. Now they are talking about shifting the terminal but where, I do not think Hoskote is ideal.”

Additional commissioner of police (traffic) M A Saleem said, “If the terminal gets shifted to the outskirts, it will definitely de-congest Whitefield because all the trucks coming to the terminals are huge trailers. We have proposed the idea, it’s up to the government.”

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