By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru : Is easing Bangalore's traffic woes rocket science? A firm NO!!! a simple common sense by common man solve it .People should use technology instead of frequent meetings ..Introduction of a congestion zone charge like the , at Bangalore's city center, as well as Whitefield and ITPL might solve traffic problem . In London, you have to pay an £11.50 daily charge if you drive between 07:00 and 18:00, Monday to Friday in the Congestion Charge zone. This discourages people from using private vehicles in these congested areas, as well raises money for infrastructure (which ideally is to be used for better roads). Discounts in charge can be provided for annual or bi-annual payers who have green vehicles, or have done regular emission checks on vehicles, or carpool. "During rush hour, drivers would have to pay a fee to use the most congested roads. A few people will balk at the price and say to themselves, "I don't really need to make this trip right now, I'll go later.” Roads in your city actually have a great deal of underused capacity. Think about how they sit mostly empty, in the early afternoon, late evening, and at night. If we gave drivers some extra incentive to avoid the most congested hours, we could better utilize the roads' capacities.”.Pedestrianisation of major public areas like Brigade Road, VV Puram food street, roads passing through Cubbon Park etc. That means no vehicles can pass through these roads at all or certain times of the day. If this can be done in Times Square, New York City, we can definitely do it too. Pondicherry has a no-vehicles rule along the Promenade road after 6pm on all days as well, which means something like Marine Drive in Mumbai is completely pedestrianised.
Few people have posted on web "No matter however the road is wide, there is always traffic jams. Still BBMP seems to have not analyzed the problem and expanding the roads by cutting trees and reducing pavements has become its endless project. Today morning I saw trees on the Maharani's College Road while getting down the Anand Rao circle which were 'alive' from 100s of years being cut to widen further. Already the road is 1 way and it is a 4 lane road. Why to loose our greenery unnecessarily. Also the pavements were narrowed still further. We all know, how matter the road is wide, still traffic will not reduce. Length of the jam decreases and width increases. We have seen the examples of Bangkok, as well as we have seen the roads of California. Its all so wide still there are lots of delays in traffic. Why to loose our precious trees which are seniors in terms of age for a foolish act of road widening which we all know is not going to give us any solution. Loosing the tree for a Metro Rail / Mono Rail is OK since it is minimal as well as it is definitely give us a solution. Still, alternative routes should be taken wherever possible to avoid tree cutting such as the case in Nanda Road. I think the act of BBMP to cut trees to widen road is just 'ridiculous'. What is our environmental agency 'Hasiru Usiru' doing?”
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.