September 20, 2017
Bengaluru Bangalore’s traffic has always been the talking point for its dwellers. No other city in India perhaps suffers from such nightmarish traffic snarls that this city does. There are umpteen number of memes and jokes on the internet about it, some that equate travelling to different cities with travelling to a place inside the city.
Experts have deliberated on possible solutions, but none have really worked till now–blame the sad infrastructure and the unending construction. According to the Karnataka Transport Department, the number of vehicles registered in Bengaluru has more than doubled over the last 10 years with average speed dropping to as low as 4km per hour. So clearly cars have increased and the roads have remained the same–narrow with innumerable potholes. Not many flyovers dot the city and Metro connectivity is a very recent addition.
“Look, for Bangaloreans the favourite joke is that a bullock cart moves faster than a car. But the solution is to have more public transport that is reliable and affordable. Look at London, they use the bus in a fantastic way. The bus has a specific route and it has a lane designated to it. Therefore,the bus isn’t going all round the city and neither is it affected by traffic snarls, not that they have as bad as us,” says D Sayoni. She adds, “We should develop such a system. The volvo buses that run in the city are expensive, buses need to be affordable for people to use.”
Talking about public transport, Rupama Palit, a resident of south Bangalore says, “We rarely go to north, it is unthinkable in this city. I pity those who have to do that for official purpose. Look at Delhi, they have developed the metro so beautifully that it connects the entire of Delhi with the NCR. We are yet t reach that feat. Once that happens, hopefully, people will prefer to take the metro than drive down.” A feature that gets most Bangaloreans goat is the parking on the road and sometimes absolutely in the wrong place. “I feel the police in the city are a little len