By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru : BMTC Buses are themselves creators of traffic congestion and every bus need not come to majestic bus station or ITPL .Decentralize BMTC buses routes means divide them and you conquer the traffic woos .Less busses on roads less traffic congestion. The busses plying on ring roads should not come on other roads .The buses coming to ITPL should not go beyond Marthalli bridge or vice versa .With this the traffic congestion can be controlled .Easing Bangalore Traffic - is not a Rocket Science? .If someone wants to check who will win the race on ITPL roads : turtles or rabbits? It appears that the turtles (considering pedestrians as slow walkers) would win the race hands down, leaving the rabbits (motorists) still honking their horns. Bangalore traffic police must seek Solutionsfrom citizens. Of course, this can be perceived as a good way to involve citizens in planning and solving their commutes .What is the leanest traffic period to travel to ITPL from Koramangalaor Majestic or Jyanagar during working days? A) In the morning/ first half of the day B) During the second half (afternoon/ evening), travelling back. How the companies are recruiting its manpower or they are considering where their employees stay or how much far they stay from their working places. Whether employers provide accommodation to their staff within or nearby their working places .ITPL was made with the concept of work play live concept. All SEZ should have accommodation for their staffs within their respective areas .This will ease the traffic .If Infosys and all IT companies provide accommodation to its staff in nearby areas traffic woos will drastically come down in Bangalore.
Few persons travel almost every day to ITPL. Before 8:30 am, 10:30 - 12:30, 14:30 - 17:00, post 21:00 are your best bets, irrespective of route. Marathahalli can get very choked during peak hours (all times I have excluded above). Your best bet from Koramangala would be to hit the ORR, turn right at Marathahalli and follow the signs to ITPL/EPIP. Another option is to take Sarjapura Road until a 4 road intersection and turn left when you see a BPCL bunk on your right (after the intersection) - this will take you past Varthur Kere (Lake). Keep straight after the lake, past some super rumbler strips and turn left at the traffic light to reach ITPL.The need of the hour is to decongest traffic and the solution is to build an exclusive IT corridor for Whitefield, say experts. . It could be short term solution in the form differential office timings for all companies en-route ITPL from Majestic to K.R.Market or Jayanagar or long term It could be an elevated expressway similar to the one on Hosur Road or the Metro Rail line to reach Whitefield that could bring down traffic congestion to an extent. "Whitefield has only one access road that is the old Airport Road which is narrow. It goes straight into Whitefield without any entry or exit roads. The major arterial road that connects this stretch is the Marathahalli Outer Ring Road which connects Sarjapur Road on one side and K.R. Puram road on the other. Kundalahalli Main Road going towards Mahadevpura and ITPL Roads too contribute to the traffic mess,”.1. Driving towards ITPL, you need to cross Marathahalli junction before 8AM. A delay here means a delay at Kundalahalli junction and from Cosmos mall all the way till Graphite junction. If you need to go to ITPL directly, then you can head straight from Kundalahalli junction towards Varthur & then take left to Whitefield all the way till you get a signal, taking left at the signal will take you to ITPL. This route is slightly long but better than going through Brookfields.2. 11 AM till 3:30 PM is a good time even if you opt for Brookfields route 3. From ITPL, either start at 3:30PM or after 8:30PM.
5-6 lakh people use road daily :Anywhere between 5 and 6 lakh people move in and out of Whitefield IT zone every day. The IT belt has over 1,400 companies clustered around Marathahalli and Bellandur junctions near Sarjapura Road and Mahadevpura, ITPL and Hope Farm in Whitefield. On an average, each commuter spends at least 4 hours of travelling on choked Bengaluru roads, which is nearly two months a year! The city with a population of 10 million has 5 million vehicles, which is one vehicle for every two people.
Yelahanka is the next Whitefield :Yelahanka is the next Whitefield in the making, warned V. Ravichandar as per reports . There is an IT boom in the area and hundreds of tech companies are sprouting in and around Yelahanka. It will face the same problems as Whitefield soon, he said. Though citizen-initiated groups, like Whitefield Rising, have been working hard to address civic issues, including the traffic menace, there has been no visible relief to commuters. "We can only persuade citizens to follow traffic rules, and highlight issues faced by road users to the authorities. But it is up to the authorities to intervene and make changes,” said Mr Pravir Bagrodia, a spokesperson for Whitefield Rising. "Accidents in and around Whitefield bring traffic to a grinding halt. But we can only highlight the cause of each accident and report it to the authorities,” he said.When the IT corridor was being built on the stretch, authorities should have taken due care to widen the road. Though the two-lane road was made into a four-lane one, it was never a solution. As this is the main stretch for vehicles coming from both west and south Bangalore via Marathahalli, it leads to chock-a-block traffic,
Most affected junctions: Marathahalli, KR Puram underbridge, Hoodi, Kundalahalli, ITPL, Varthur, Hope Farm, Big Bazaar, Phoenix Mall, Vydehi Hospital and Anjaneya temple junctions were the most affected in the traffic jam.
Long-term solution: Urban planner Dr Ashish Verma of Centre for infrastructure, Sustainable Transportation, and Urban Planning (CiSTUP) reportedly said, "To solve the problem here, one must take a holistic approach and study how the traffic is being generated, from where people are coming and then think of developing alternatives like making public transport attractive. Otherwise we need to give bus transport priority till 2017 when Metro will most likely come to the area."
SOLUTIONS: Build: flyover at Kundalahalli Erect grade separator at Graphite India traffic lightsWiden road Set up pedestrian subways/skywalks at key junctions (as pedestrians cross road frequently) Start car pooling (as most cars on this stretch are seen with only person) (Suggested by traffic police and other experts).It is a shame that a country which aspires to be a IT power and lead in all things technology has done nothing in very elementary yet important areas such as civic planning and road infrastructure , people are quick to blame increase in number of cars or private numbers because it is a convenient thing to do no one wants to talk about the elephant in the room i.e. the sheer incompetence (that would be a understatement by the way) and total dereliction of duty by the state machinery in such matters . Giving approval to construction of huge IT parks without considering supporting infra like roads or water , not planning for future by cutting corners and pilfering the public funds by making architectural marvels like the K R Puram Bridge or for that matter building a metro from Indiranagar to Vidhan Souda in 10 years (who travels by it ? Netas ?) have led to the current mess in Bangalore , actually the politicians have found an easy way to make money i.e. demarcate a land parcel for SEZ sell to highest bidder and move on to next SEZ. The biggest traffic violators on roads are BMTC buses most of the traffic snarls caused on ORR are due to a BMTC volvo coming up on wrong side of the service road or stopping right in middle of the road because in Bangalore unlike Mumbai or other big metros there are no Bus stands or bays buses can stop literally anywhere as they please. In last 10 years the only overbridge built by the BBMP is near Marathahalli junction which is more than 3 stories high and does not have a lift/escalator who is going to use it ? In absence of dividers pedestrians are more than happy to trust their lives with the guy behind the wheel on the road. The babus and netas here are more than happy to collect road tax which by the way is highest in India and take the general public for a ride and busy giving people sermons on ride sharing and car pooling.Pathetic planning with no futuristic thought lead to all these chaos what we are facing now. In the 2000 to 2004 time they missed the bus which other cities have got which is the mass rapid public transport system. The government gave permission to autos like anything assuming that is going to solve the issue in fact it gave a retro effect leading to more and more personal vehicles. When I talk about this to any Bangaloreans associated with bbmp bda or something like that they say it grown unexpectedly. Common guys give me a break how long you are going to say this??? It's already 2 decades still you guys are planning???? Not sure whether the problem is with officials or politicians. With people they should come to reality yes it's a paradise and now that more people have come means paradise will not lost it has to go through some transformation so that it will be an another paradises. From what I understand, there is no end to this problem. All buildings near the service road in ORR are completed .The situation is also grim at Marathalli to ITPL via Graphite india.I walk from Kundanhalli to SAP labs and I reach early than the buses. There is a huge rush of vehicular traffic. The only way to deal the matter is don't use personal vehicle for going to office. Instead use public transport. If we people are health freak, we should go to few distant to catch a bus. It is humble plea to citizens of Bangalore, Please don't come in personal vehicles to office, instead use it for long drives in week end. Please help to reduce the commutation time, so that you and we (bus goers ) all can spend those with our child.Many persons have posted their comments on http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street-experiences/24848-easing-bangalore-traffic-rocket-science.html and one of them has to say this” I have been travelling from Domlur to my office in ITPL every weekday for the past year and I have some damning observations. I usually travel by Airport road, but I do take the Old Madras Road on the odd day. And I have come to the conclusion that 95% of the traffic jams are caused by having bus stops at major intersections. From Domlur to ITPL, I can list out the bus stops that create bottlenecks. Domlur Signal - HAL Signal - Marathahalli Market - Marathahalli Bridge - Kunthanahalli Gate - AECS Layout - Graphite Circle (near Hyundai service center) - Vydhehi Hospital - Oracle office - ITPL This about 10 out of the 14 bus stops on this route. In some cases, if there are 2 buses at a stop, instead of stopping one behind the other, they stop side by side and block the whole road. Shifting these bus stops to 50 to 100m before or after the major intersection and providing them with a proper bus bay would go a long way to reducing a chunk of jams and bottlenecks. And most importantly, the BMTC bus drivers must be trained to stop at the designated stops and to use the bus bays properly. I have seen only one bus stop in Bangalore with a dedicated bus bay, in Halsoor. The bus drivers drive as if they are having the most important race of their lives and that reaching the next jam before the other bus brings them the ultimate glory.Also, the blantant corruption by the traffic cops must stop. Before I came to Bangalore, I have seen most the bribing being done in hush-hush tones and usually very discretely. But here in Bangalore, the cops don't give a damn how many people witness them taking a bribe. When I was waiting for my company transport at Domlur signal, a cop had flagged down a Tata 407. The vehicle didnt even come to a complete halt. Before that, the guy sitting in the passenger side stuck out his hand and gave the cop a 20 rupee note and the vehicle continued on its way. The people at the bus stop first looked at each other in amazement and then broke into laughter at this incident! Another example of the corruption by the cops can be frequently witnessed at the HAL signal. This is where the private buses to places like Kadugodi and Hoskote originate. During peak traffic hours, these buses just park at the signal and wait for passengers. The cops at the signal just go over and collect about 20 rupees from the driver. Now, the driver can wait there for another 10 minutes and get a few more passengers. So it's a win-win situation for both. But who are the losers? The people stuck in the traffic jam due to the bottleneck caused by this bus!! Things aren't messed up just on the Airport Road alone..... I do travel by Old Madras Road. Here too, the traffic jams can be avoided easily in most places, except for the railway track crossing. Most of the time, the road under the KR Puram cable bridge is jammed. The reason for this is the same. Bus stop at a major intersection. However, there is the additional problem of the people going into or coming out of the KR Puram railway station. You can almost always find a bunch of 5 or 6 poeple stranded in the middle of the road, trying to dodge the traffic. I know the solution is slightly more expensive in this case, but in addition to shifting the bus stop, the authorities could also build a pedestrian bridge here. And there are traffic jams on the road from KR Puram to ITPL because of huge container trucks parked on the side. I don't think any cop gives a damn about this.Since I travel by these two roads frequently, I know the problems here and how it can be resolved to a certain extent. I am sure most of you who travel frequently by other routes also might have noticed similar issues. But what I don't understand is why our so-called authorites spend lakhs of rupees on getting experts to study our traffic problems and how to resolve them. (I read this too in a newspaper article, that they are bringing in a traffic consulting expert from some European country).So at the end of the day, are the Blackberries being handed out to the cops going to solve our traffic issues? No. It is just a gimmick to divert the attention from reality.... that they aren't doing anything useful. Is Airtel trying to count the number of users in a particular area doing us any good? No. They just want to get the public to SMS them at a premium rate and get an additional source of income in the same way they get millions from KBC.Are the messages being displayed on the electronic billboards about traffic jams going to help us in anyway? No, but trying to avoid jams from occuring will.This now brings me back to the title of this thread. Is easing Bangalore's traffic woes rocket science? A firm NO!!! If a casual traveller like me can note all these drawbacks and point out possible solutions, I see no reason why the so-called experts can't do it!