BENGALURU: With traffic diversions and parking restrictions in place for Namma Metro work, owners of shops and establishments in the city’s prime commercial hub —MG Road, Brigade Road and Church Street—are worried about losing business. While parking has been banned on MG Road, there’s already a restriction on Church Street. With no designated parking space available nearby, visitors and shop keepers are facing inconvenience. Traffic cops had initially imposed parking ban on Brigade Road too, but it was lifted after the Brigade Road Shops and Establishments Association raised objection. However, slots available there are limited. Sohail Yusuf, secretary of the association, said these traffic curbs will have a negative impact on business activities. “Shoppers and visitors to commercial hubs need certain amount of ease. But that’s missing now. Metro work is important, but there should have been shorter routes to reach these spots; commuters are forced to take a detour now. On Brigade Road, we’ve 85 parking slots for four-wheelers and it is used by 1,300 vehicles daily,” he added. ‘Leave a portion of Kamaraj Road open’ Bhoopalam P Srinath, president, Bangalore Traders Association, told TOI that there was no need to ban parking on MG Road. “Civic agencies take their own time to finish projects. MG Road-Byappanahalli Metro work took around seven years instead of the scheduled three years. Many visitors said they had to do multiple rounds in the central business district (CBD) to park their vehicles and come to MG Road. There are over 200 commercial establishments and office spaces on the stretch between Brigade Junction and Anil Kumble Circle itself. The authorities should have made some alternative arrangements, either by temporarily acquiring properties adjacent to Kamaraj Road and allowing vehicles along a portion of the stretch itself,” he added. Deepak Batavia, president, Church Street Occupants’ Association, said they are yet to recover from the losses they have incurred during the redevelopment of Church Street. “Unlike Commercial Street or other hubs, there are a lot of eateries on Church Street. People prefer to drive in with families and friends to eat and drink. Despite having slots, parking has been prohibited here since more than a year,” he added. He said a memorandum will be submitted to the government requesting not to ban vehicles on the street. Running around for parking With a segment of Kamaraj Road shut, reaching MG Road and adjacent areas has become a Herculean task for commuters. And for those who arrive there finally, have to run around to find a parking space. Pranam R, a banker, said the authorities should have opened Church Street for parking where slots are available after the TenderSURE makeover. The interchange hub, which BMRCL has taken up now, is expected to be ready only by 2023.