Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New proposals to ease traffic

New proposals to ease traffic

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Police commis sioner, Shankar Bidari, has approached the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) with a set of proposals to improve traffic conditions in the city.

The commissioner has written to the BMLTA following a series of meetings with police officers and road safety committee members. He has suggested that the BDA and the BBMP identify available corner sites in the Central Business District and on the outskirts of the city for autorickshaw stands, and taxi and other vehicle parking lots. Mr Bidari has suggested these parking lots be paid ones to generate revenue for the civic agencies “The authorities should undertake inspection of the buildings which have a floor area of more than 10,000 sq ft in the first stage and satisfy themselves as to whether the parking space approved by the BBMP at the time of sanctioning the plans for construction of the building, is maintained as parking space or not. If there is any violation which has resulted in the reduction or elimination of the parking space, the BMTF has to take action and ensure that the area earmarked for the parking of vehicles, at the time of sanction of the building plan, is maintained as parking area,” Mr Bidari says in his letter.

He has urged the BMLTA to consider banning construction of additional commercial space or residential apartments in a 5 km radius around Vidhana Soudha and to frame new bye-laws for approval of building plans keeping the traffic conditions in mind.

He has suggested making full use of the available railway network and stressed on upgradation of the railway stations at Bellandur, Whitefield, Chikkabanavara, Kengeri and Yelahanka into full-fledged stations.


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