Tuesday, January 27, 2009


ABIDe moots signal-free and junction-free roads on 10 arterial roads for smoother traffic flow

Just imagine driving in Bangalore without being at the mercy of red, amber or green. Well, the Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure and Development Task Force (ABIDe) has come out with a blueprint for signal-free traffic on 10 arterial roads, with just ‘U’ and ‘T’ turns in the city.
Ashwin Mahesh and Lead India winner R K Mishra have prepared this report titled ‘Road, Traffic Management and Transportation’.
The report recommends junction elimination to reduce travel time on these ‘Big-10’ arterial roads.
These roads are: Tumkur Road, Hosur Road, Bannergatta Road, Kanakapura Road, Mysore Road, Bellary Road, Magadi Road, Sarjapur Road, Old Madras Road and HAL Airport Road. These roads will be surveyed and a scientific solution suggested for junction redesign or removal.
At all ‘T’ junctions on these 10 roads, underpasses will be provided. U-turns will be made pre-emptive on these roads so that motorists can take a U-turn before the intersections.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, convener of ABIDe Task force, told Bangalore Mirror, “These recommendations will be put before the public and their suggestions given preference. Compared to other cities, Bangalore is lagging behind in development. However, we hope that the Metro, once commissioned, will be a viable alternative for city transport. I request people to bear with the current problems due to the ongoing works as we prepare for a better tomorrow.”
The report has also recommended to the government conversion of Big-10 roads into six lanes. Bus bays and footpaths will be made a must on these roads.
The 10 roads to be converted into six-lane roads and next to major towns are: Whitefield, Yelahanka, Kengeri, Hoskote, Sarjapura, Hosur and Nelamangala.

• Road and transport planning to be part of any township spatial planning, with specifications to be standardised.

• Road All arterial roads and public transport corridors to be planned with setback and green ribbon on each side.

• Road Corner plots in new layouts and those along roads of 60 feet width or more should be retained by the government to allow bell-mouthing, roundabouts, clover-leafing and other choices in the future.

• Satellite Town Ring Road, when developed, should be signal-free and junction-free.The Peripheral Ring Road should also be signal-free and junction-free.

• ORR to be signal-free.

• Service roads along ORR to be completed in all respects.

• Bus bays/shelters/footpaths to be made a must.

• Bus lanes to be marked all along ORR.

• All Big-10 roads’ intersections with ORR to be made junction-free

• Upkeep of ORR to be of same standard as that of Airport Road.

• Need for elevated ORR on the median to augment capacity and provide for BRTS to be assessed after it is made signal-free.

• All Metro stations should have a provision for simultaneous arrival and departure of 4-5 buses integrated into their design. It should not be necessary to leave the Metro premises to board a bus. Covered walkways to bus stops from stations should be provided.

• Metro shall be responsible for providing protected pedestrian access to all stations from within 500 meters of the station or nearest large junction.

• This pedestrian infrastructure should be integrated with Metro station design, look and feel. The work should be started right away to boost the public image of Metro, given the hardship caused by Metro construction.

• Metro stations should have parking for sufficient number of cycles, two-wheelers, autorickshaws, taxis and four-wheelers. Terminal stations shall have ‘park and ride’ facilities sufficient to accommodate demand.

• Metro expansion from Byappanahalli to IPTL/EPIP to be considered in the first phase to improve financial viability.

• BBMP must develop parking facilities (surface or multi-storey) on its empty land parcels in the city using its resources. It could be outsourced to private operators on a revenue-sharing basis.

• Current building bye-laws to be amended to provide for adequate parking facilities in line with contemporary lifestyle and vehicle usage patterns for all office, residential and commercial buildings.

• No public parking should be linked to a commercial complex or mall. The current proposal of developing parking capacity in conjunction with real estate development ABIDE’S ARTERIAL ROADS
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