Sunday, June 29, 2008

Volvo fleet to grow to 310

Volvo fleet to grow to 310

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The BMTC Man aging director Mr Syed Zameer Pasha said that the fleet of Volvo (Vajra) buses will be increased to 310 buses at a cost of Rs 143 crores.

To ease traffic congestion and to help bus commuters, the BMTC has planned eight Traffic and Transit Management Centres (TTMC) at a cost of Rs 412.36 crore.

The TTMCs have been planned at Kengeri, Shantinagar, Koramangala, Vijayanagar, Banashankari, ITPL, Yeshwanthpur and Jayanagar.

The TTMC at Jayanagar would be completed shortly.

The project has been funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

A Passengers Information System (PIS) has been implemented in Volvo buses operating between Bengaluru and BIA.

Speaking on behalf of the city traffic police wing, Additional Traffic Commissioner (Traffic). Pravin Sood said traffic congestion has been a major issue in Bengaluru which has spared none. He said the Bengaluru Traffic Improvement Project - B-TRAC 2010 which will be implemented over five years, will cost about Rs 350 crores.

Around 800 junctions have been identified for widening, Mr Sood said. It will be developed in a bell shape for smooth flow of vehicles at junctions.

Initially, a junction at Nanjappa circle, Shantinagar has been taken up in coordination with a Non Government Organisation (NGO) and members of the Resident Welfare Association. Later, a circle at D’souza Circle will be developed.

Around 50 junctions will be developed during the current financial year, Mr Sood said.

To instill traffic sense in the minds of the public and to collect statistics on vehicles, 40 surveillance cameras have been installed at various junctions. “This helps us study the behaviour of the public while riding. A total of 80 cameras will be implemented by July end,” Mr Sood said Commissioner of the Bangalore Metropolitan Land Transport Authority.

Gourav Gupta said that the authority is formalizing a car pooling scheme in four weeks at an estimated cost of Rs 3 lakh to encourage sharing of cars and avoid fuel costs and traffic congestion.

The introduction of bicycle tracks in the city aims at increasing non-motorised transport. The suggested locations for introducing these bicycle tracks are — Jayanagar, Indiranagar, Rajajinagar, Basavanagudi, Koramangala, Sadashivanagar, JP Nagar, HSR layout and Whitefield.


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