Saturday, February 16, 2008

Expert suggests single window for traffic woes

Expert suggests single window for traffic woes

Bangalore: A single-window system ‘land transport authority’ should be evolved to address traffic issues raised by resident welfare associations, traffic adviser to the state government M N Sreehari said on Friday.
A technocrat would prepare the vision plan for a particular area and forward it to the government for approval and funding. Based on the approval, the plan would be expanded and implemented.
This authority should be headed by a technocrat rather than an IAS or IPS officer who would come under pressure from politicians during implementation, said Sreehari.
Participating in a symposium on a three-year perspective — traffic and mass transit in north-east Bangalore, he said this system has yielded results in developed countries like Singapore and the UK.
Modern technologies and planning should be employed to avoid delay in major development work. Engineers could use ground penetration radar to identify utilities running underneath and shift them without damaging them.
North-east Bangalore including Hennur, Lingarajpuram, Sarvajnanagar and surrounding areas would be accorded priority for developing free roads to provide a link to Bengaluru International Airport at Devanahalli.
Massive funding would be pumped into development of transportation network in north-east Bangalore like speed rail, expressway, developing Bellary Road (NH 7), running Volvo buses on dedicated lanes, elevated road and others, he added.
BBMP joint commissioner (East) S N Nagaraj said a grade separator would be built at junctions on Outer Ring Road to avoid traffic congestion. BBMP engineers agreed there was inordinate delay in completing flyover near ITC owing to land acquisition problems and assured completion of work at the earliest.


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