The average vehicular speed in Bengaluru has decreased to a worrying level of four kilometres per hour. This has become a major concern for the Bengaluru city traffic police. The bottle necks at several busy stretches have become a nightmare for both commuters as well as the policemen handling them.
The solution the city traffic police have come up with is to provide a separate lane for buses. However, civic planning experts are unsure if the lanes will be of any help.
The bus lanes will appear on certain stretches of the city and will be expanded later. The jurisdictional police have already been alerted about the bus lanes that will come up first at three places in the city.
In central business district (CBD), the lane is going to be introduced on Rajaram Mohan Roy Road, starting from Richmond Road till Pallavi theatre next to Hudson circle. Another lane will be introduced on Old Airport Road between Suddaguntepalya and Pai Layout. The third lane will function from Silk Board Junction to Madiwala Traffic Police Station.
Bangalore Mirror quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (traffic-east) Abhishek Goyal saying, “The reason behind this step is to improve the speed of traffic. We are marking bus lanes in a few places. Over a period, it (the move) will be extended.” A year ago, the average traffic speed was 6-7 km per hour.
The city traffic police have said that the dropping average speed is because of the BMTC buses that are often driven haphazardly without adhering to lanes. Many a time, they are parked in the middle of the road clogging other vehicles, reported Bangalore Mirror.
The Karnataka government is also accepting solutions from the citizens of Bengaluru. It is organising the ‘Grand Challenge Call 5 and Call 6’ to crowdsource the best solutions to Bengaluru’s traffic woes apart from other challenges the city is facing.
The objective is to unearth innovative solutions to reduce traffic congestion in Bengaluru city as well as tackle the perennial water shortage.
"The future of your commute is unlikely to lie in any one big invention. Instead, it will grow out of many new innovations which can be used alongside existing technologies. They will work within the context of increasingly smart transport networks that are able to respond quickly and efficiently to our ever-changing needs. ‘Grand Challenge Call 5’ is an attempt to create a big picture from small solutions,” Priyank Kharge Karnataka’s IT Minister said in a news release on the Grand Challenges.
The ideas will go through funding and prototyping testing and scaling up in Bengaluru. This is an initiative under the innovative start-up policy of the state government. The challenge also wants to address the water shortage problem in India.