Starting next Monday, the city traffic police will focus their attention on de-congesting Whitefield area which has emerged as a tech hub and houses a large number of international schools.
Two inspectors with 20 traffic cops will be sent to the area in addition to the existing staff. Additional commissioner of police (traffic) and deputy commissioner of police (traffic) will supervise the week long operation being conducted in collaboration with civic and industry groups.
“We have been focusing on congested areas to improve traffic conditions. Sometime ago, we trained our attention to Outer Ring Road from Bellandur to Iblur. From October 12, we will start a special drive in Whitefield that houses large number of tech companies and international schools. We hope to instill some order by deploying additional policemen. Local traffic cops will have to keep up the tempo later,” additional commissioner of police MA Saleem said.
Major problem in Whitefield area is wrong parking by cabs and auto-rickshaws especially in Big Bazaar, Ginger Hotel Junction, Vydehi Hospital Junction, Graphite India and Kundalahalli Gate. Policemen additionally posted in the area will come down heavily on wrong parking. Once it is done, there will be a few bottlenecks. Apart from this, we are thinking of closing several centre median openings on this road during this drive. These closures are permanent and will bring down the number of congestion points, Saleem added.
Whitefield main road has 13 international schools with hundreds of buses plying on the road. Most of these buses hit the road between 7.30 am to 8.30 am. They leave schools after 2.30 pm. Around the time, there is heavy truck movement. Trucks are banned on this road between 4 pm to 9 pm. We are trying to advance the truck ban time from 2 pm to 7 pm. We will hold discussions with the truck owners’ association before changing the time.
Traffic police are taking the help of the civic group Whitefield Rising and industry group Whitefield Exports Promotion Park Industrial Association to identify local problems and find solutions, he explained. Traffic policemen are in talks with the management of schools to improve the situation.