With more than 50 lakh vehicles on the road, Bangalore is one of the top cities in India in traffic density. But unfortunately, unlike other metros, Bangalore never received a focused infrastructure development support, nor dedicated funding. In the last 10 years, the vehicles have increased many fold, but how many new roads have been laid???
True, some peripheral ring roads (NICE, ORR) came up, but that can no way address the traffic congestion in the city. The sad part this, there are not many parallel and perpendicular roads available between any two destinations in Bangalore.
1. Only one road for reaching airport – In any problem on the road, such as some protest or an accident, airport is cut off from the city.
2. How many vehicles pass through MG road/ Brigade road? Several lakhs every day, but how many actually have a actual need there? Only several thousands. Many pass through MG road/ Brigade road, because there is no other alternative connection available between South Bangalore and North Bangalore. (East and West for that matter too).
Like this, there are several examples – core of the problem is, City administration has not realized that, there is a TRUNK traffic within City limits, and this TRUNK traffic need to be allowed to pass through the city signal free.
What we need?
1. Signal free connection between Silk board at South, Hebbal at North, KR Puram at East and Kengeri at West.
2. This freeway should have controlled entry and exit points across various points in the city (Similar to US freeways).
3. More destinations to be added – Nelamangala, Kanakapura road, Magadi road etc in this trunk corridor.
Once the above set us is provided, we will have smooth flow of traffic. Trunk traffic will use these roads & city roads will be free of traffic jams (As only the people who have a job at that road will exit from freeway)
Hope, government will seriously do something about this – TRUNK corridor within City limits.