news Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 05:30
  It appears that it's not just gold and cash that allure thieves in some cities. While the Chennai city Corporation is doing their bit to maintain civic discipline and provide better amenities for the public, thieves have identified another money-making option freely available , courtesy the city’s corporation. In less than a year of its installation across Chennai, the Corporation’s efforts  to install granite bollards to effectively separate footpaths from the road and thus keep bikers off pavements itself has gone in vain. According to The Times of India, at least 43 granite bollards costing between Rs. 2800 to Rs. 3200 per piece have disappeared from some parts of the city. Though vehicles inadvertently knocking down bollards while parking has been mentioned as a probable cause, it is believed that all could not be attributed to the same, said the report. According to the report, 26 bollards have gone missing from Pantheon Road, nine from Ethiraj Salaia and five from Greames road, with more from other regions. Bengaluru’s newly re-developed road St. Marks Road has faced a similar problem in the last few months . While people working in the area felt that the bollards are damaged from vehicles, BBMP officials on the other hand, believed the bollards were stolen and sold for a high price in the market. Though used by cyclists, bikes that speed over the footpaths in traffic jams sometimes damage the bollards, some of which are inappropriately placed  near entrances to petrol bunks. The BBMP now has plans to install CCTV cameras to identify where the grantie bollards are disappearing. 
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