Thursday, April 01, 2010

Adopt staggered timings to duck those traffic snarls

Adopt staggered timings to duck those traffic snarls
Cops Give Tips To Avoid Rush-Hour Chaos
A T Subrahmanya | TNN

Bangalore: You are rushing to office in the morning. The moment you get onto the road on your vehicle, what greets you is a sea of vehicles and finding a way out of it almost seems impossible. What could you do to actually avoid rushhour traffic congestion?
The city traffic police are now gearing up to provide useful information to motorists via SMS alerts and through variable message signboards (VMS) at 20 locations in the city.
The police who have nearly 8,000 subscribers to their SMS alert group are now planning to send some tips regarding the routes to take and at what time to avoid traffic jams. They have readied nearly 100 general tips to the subscribers.
If the employees of various MNCs in various software parks who have flexible timings adopt staggered office schedules, it will not only benefit them but also reduce the traffic on road, they say.
Contrary to the popular perception that most roads in the city are chock-a-block all the time, the rush is only during morning and evening peak hours, say traffic police.
Congestion is more on major roads and if motorists avoid these roads during peak hours, then they can save travel time by nearly half. According to the traffic police, about 60 roads coming under 30 traffic police stations witness worse peak hour traffic.
The traffic police now send the bottleneck details to subscribers everyday. Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Praveen Sood said: “These tips will be sent to people about the roads which are relatively free during the day.” The traffic alerts can be obtained on the mobile after subscribing to the group by sending an SMS ‘Join BTP’ to 567678.
The traffic police are also set go the international way with VMS boards coming up at strategic locations informing the public about the road conditions ahead. Already two VMS boards installed are operational — one in Sampangiramnagar near Pallavi Theatre and another one in KR Puram.
Two will be installed on Bellary Road leading to BIA on both the directions. A total of 20 boards will be erected in the city in the coming months. The official inauguration of these boards is scheduled to take place after the BBMP election results are announced in the first week of April.


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