Monday, May 28, 2007

Flyovers have in no way eased traffic

Flyovers have in no way eased traffic
Monday May 28 2007 09:18 IST

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People at the crossroads at Banasawadi flyover.

BANGALORE: The purpose of constructing flyovers is to ease the traffic movement and share the traffic load of the main road. But many flyovers in the city do not meet the purpose.

If the 12 flyovers in the city constructed by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) are not serving the purpose, the fault lies with a variety of factors, not with a single agency, it is argued.

To begin with, commuters say that the existing flyovers lack proper planning and far-sight. The obvious result is that the traffic is not well diverted like the one on Double Road and the Banaswadi Flyover. If the flyovers are wide, they are not properly connected with the arterial roads to share the traffic load, like Anand Rao Circle and Double Road Flyover.

Rakesh M, a commuter says that using the flyovers has become almost as risky and laborious as the main road because of overload and heavy traffic at times. ‘‘Roads beneath the flyovers should also be utilised for traffic movement and be well connected with the main road.

This will ease the traffic movement and make commuting faster,’’ he said.

Meera J, another commuter while concurring with the first said that negotiating the city flyovers had become a tiresome task. There are traffic jams on flyovers too, especially during peak hours.

‘‘The traffic department ought to study and listen to the problems of the travelling public.

Mere construction of flyovers is not the solution. Managing traffic is as important as constructing flyovers,’’ she said.


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