A s a first step towards decongesting and streamlining vehicular movement, the city’s traffic police and the civic agency have joined hands and identified 12 arterial roads in Bengaluru as High Traffic Density Corridors (HTDC). Parking along these stretches will not be permitted and the movement of heavy vehicles will be restricted. While the BBMP will go to work on the infrastructure and also ensure all encroachments are removed, the cops will be in charge of keeping the traffic regulated.
These 12 HTDC corridors are: the Ramana Maharshi Road (Mehkri Circle to Windsor Manor junction); Hudson Circle; BTM ring road (Silk Board junction to Jayadeva flyover); Bannerghatta Road (in between Dairy Circle and Sagar Hospital); Mahadevapura road; Old Madras road; Hebbal flyover; Whitefield; Outer Ring Road (BAL to FTS circle); Outer Ring Road (Mahadevapura to Iblur); Mysore Road (KR Market flyover to Kengeri); and Hosur Road (Vellara junction to Veerasandra junction).
“We have written to the BBMP and other civic agencies about the High Traffic Density Corridors. We are waiting for their inputs, if they have any. We will start making the arrangements regarding traffic movement as soon as we get full clearance from the civic body,” said R Hitendra, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
He also added that traffic congestion could be controlled on these corridors as numerous measures such as no parking along the sides, clearing of encroachments, and restriction on the entry of heavy goods vehicles would help clear the stretch significantly. A senior BBMP official confirmed that they have carried out preliminary assessment of all 12 corridors that were recommended by the city police.
“We have also submitted a report and the initial clearance has been granted for the project. Once the state government gives the green signal, we will start the process for calling tenders and carrying out the necessary infrastructure work and the city police will be in charge of making the traffic arrangements,” he added.
Meanwhile, sources said that some of the proposals will be implemented only in the long term as they involve widening of the roads, removal of encroachments and construction of new pavements, and creation of dedicated lanes for bicyclists.
Some of the other components such as enforcing parking restrictions, installing new road signages, construction and maintenance of pavements, street illumination and installation of surveillance cameras are expected to be taken up in the initial phase of implementation.
Short-term measures along these corridors
» No on-street parking
» Restriction on movement of all heavy goods vehicles
» Tertiary and secondary storm water drains to be cleaned to prevent water-logging
» Potholes to be filled
» Stretches to be well-lit
» BMTC bus stops to be regulated
» Construction of 2-metre-wide footpath
» Construction of grade separators at intersections
» Carriage ways with uniform width
» Dedicated bicycle tracks
» Build skywalks wherever pedestrian traffic movement is high
Credits Bangalore Mirror