#THtalksBengaluru: More traffic lights are to be installed in newly added areas
The police also announced that four new traffic police stations will be established at Hennur, Thalagattapura, Bellandur and Mahadevapura in Bengaluru.
Traffic management in an ever-growing city remains quite a challenge for traffic police. As more rural areas are added to the BBMP limits, the demand from those areas for better traffic management, traffic lights and signage has also grown. dr MA Saleem, Special Commissioner (Traffic), Bengaluru assured during the live chat on Dec 24 that such areas will be a focus in the near future.
“We will have a few more traffic lights, especially on the outskirts. For example, on Sarjapur Road, we want to have two more traffic lights at intersections. Similarly, in areas like Bagalagunte, Magadi Road, Mysuru Road and Kumbalgodu in the southern areas beyond JP Nagar, like Sarakki, traffic has increased a lot and we will focus on them,” he explained.
The BTP also recently announced that four new traffic police stations will be established at Hennur, Thalagattapura, Bellandur and Mahadevapura.
Entry and exit points for residential floor plans
If all residents of a given location agree, they can coordinate with city officials and keep just one or two entrances and exits to the area and close the rest, Mr. Saleem said.
“There have been several complaints about apartment layouts being taken over by traffic during the day. In many cases, taxi drivers and school bus drivers park their vehicles on back streets of residential areas, causing a lot of frustration. So that’s one of the ways we can try to address it. We can limit entry and exit points to the residential floor plan to one or two, preventing others from entering the place. But all residents of the area should agree,” he said.
However, he was quick to add that the RWAs would have to make a unanimous decision and coordinate with the citizenry to achieve this, and the traffic police would have no objection to that.
bus stops are relocated
From the infamous Silk Board crossing to many other locations around the city, BMTC buses stopping to get people on board have proven to be a problem. The same concern was expressed by many readers The Hindu. In response to their questions, Mr Saleem said steps are being taken to move such bus stops 100 meters before or after the intersection.
“Bus stops are a big issue wherever they are close to intersections. As well as relocating their location, we are also actively directing people to the designated new bus stops, as buses generally stop where people come and stop. This will help reduce congestion near intersections,” he said.
He also said once work on the Namma Metro is complete, Silk Board’s previous bus priority lane to Hebbal will reopen and the metro, complemented by the bus priority lane, will provide a much-needed boost for public transport.