Bengaluru: According to latest figures published by Bengaluru city traffic police, on a typical working day number of people spending their quality time at the silk board junction has crossed the average daily attendance of last Kumbh Mela which happened at Allahabad (Prayag) in year 2013.
The attendance record at the signal was taken for the month of March when schools were open and it was compared with the Kumbh Mela record. In last Kumbh Mela official figure says something in the range of 70 to 100 million people attended the mela spanning over 45 days which comes to close 2 million per day. City traffic police record shows more than 2 million people are ‘compelled’ to use this signal every day while commuting to office or any other need.
The outgoing Congress government is happy this figure has come in when they are in power otherwise as BJP does normally, they would have taken the credit for this ‘historic’ achievement.
While congratulating the commuters who stand patiently from Hebbal junction till Silk board every day morning, BDA, the city development authority, BBMP, Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy, the minister in charge of Bengaluru city development said, “I am sure we will be able to maintain or better this record going forward. It’s certainly a moment for all of us to be proud of”.
He added, “Five years back, BJP government took credit for crossing 1 million mark at the signal which was better than the Puri Ratha Yatra figures at that time. See what we have done in just five years’ time”.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, Mr. Reddy has asked Bengaluru city traffic cops to ensure today every commuter present at the signal gets additional 30 minutes time to spend there.