The BMTC will go for the public-private partnership model to construct traffic and transport management centers (TTMCs) at 10 places in Bengaluru.
The corporation has identified land ranging from two acres to 15 acres at Hebbal, Yelahanka, Chikkabettahalli, Katriguppe, Jayanagar and Electronics City for the same.
BMTC MD Ekroop Caur said since the corporation is not in a position to fund the project on its own, it is going for the PPP model. Till now, TTMCs were constructed by the corporation with the financial aid from the government. “There has been a proposal for constructing TTMCs at various places in the city. To move forward, we have now issued tenders to identify transport advisors. Project cost, amenities to be provided at the centers, agreement conditions will finalised in coming days.The land identified is located at various important locations. We are hoping that investors will come forward to invest in the project,” said the official.
The tender called for transaction advisor for the proposed TTMC projects states that “Existing transportation infrastructure in the city is realised inadequate in nature and would hinder the further development of Bengaluru. In order to sustain the commercial and social growth of the city and improve quality of life for the people, effective and efficient public transport infrastructure is a must.”
TTMCS: CONTROVERSIAL PROJECTS
* TTMCs are transit points where people can park their private vehicles and then take public conveyances to their destinations.
* At present, TTMCs are operational at various places which include Banashankari, Shanthinagar, Vijayanagar, Jayanagar and Yeshwanthpur.
* The BMTC has identified 45 locations in the city to develop traffic and transit management centers in the city limits of which ten have been already constructed.
* Though they were constructed to help passengers park their vehicles before taking buses, in the various TTMCs which are operational, preference has been given customers of commercial establishments in the vicinity.
* The BMTC was also criticised for poor planning of these TTMCs.
* The pollution control board had expressed unhappiness over poor ventilation and TTMCs turning gas chambers for passengers.
Credits Bangalore Mirror