Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Transportation growth centres soon at ORR

Transportation growth centres soon at ORR
Deccan Herald

Transport hubs will be set up near the four ends of the proposed Metro to provide diverse transport options, according to the new plan.

The revised Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) (draft Master Plan -2015 for Bangalore) unveiled by the Bangalore Development Authority, moots the setting up of 13 “transportation growth centres” at junctions of Outer Ring Road (ORR) and the proposed Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) with major radial roads to the City.

While seven of these growth centres are proposed along the PRR, six have been proposed along the ORR to filter traffic flow into the heart of the city.

These transportation growth centres will serve as junction points having all modes of transport like road, rail and metro.

“We have also suggested that these centres have bus and truck terminals, railway stations, and warehouses so that they can serve as catalysts for growth of secondary activity nodes such as wholesale markets and public health facilities,” officials associated with the preparation of the CDP told Deccan Herald.

The draft Master Plan - 2015 suggests that the focus of growth centres near the ORR should be to provide diverse transportation options for the public, where they could switch over from rail to road, rail to metro and so forth. Those along the PRR should focus more on providing warehouses and truck terminals to prevent trucks from entering the City.

The master plan recommends that the following transportation centres come up along the PRR and its surroundings: near the Beniganahalli flyover, Electronic City, Tumkur Road-Peripheral Road junction (the CDP recommends setting up of truck terminals at these three locations), the existing railway station on Sarjapur road, the Jakkur Airstrip on Bellary Road, and at the PRR-Mysore Road junction near Kumbalgod.

Transport hubs

The draft master plan also recommends that transportation hubs be set up near the four end points of the proposed Bangalore Metro.

Transportation growth centres have been suggested at Yeshwanthpur and RV Road (the two end-points of the North-South corridor of Bangalore Metro) and also at Mysore Road-ORR junction and Byappannahalli (the end points of East-West corridor of Bangalore Metro).The remaining two growth centres have been recommended near the Hebbal flyover – ORR junction and Silk Board – ORR junction.


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