Staff Reporter

Well-coordinated development policy absent, says consultant Well-coordinated public transport development policy absent, says report

  • Average trip length of people in Vijayawada by bus only 5.89 km
  • Final report expected to be ready in the next two to three months

    VIJAYAWADA: The city should have a well-managed public transport system to ease growing congestion on roads in the years to come as the number of people travelling by buses in Vijayawada is very low compared to many other cities in the country.

    This is one of the main points in the interim report on `Comprehensive traffic and transportation study for Vijayawada city' prepared by the Consulting Engineering Services (India) Private Limited (CES), engaged by the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC).

    CES' senior consultant N. Ranganathan made a power-point presentation on the interim report to floor leaders in the VMC general body, officials, a few citizens and media persons in the VMC council hall on Wednesday.

    Para-transit modes

    He said in the absence of a proper public transport system with well-planned routes and schedules, para-transit modes had mushroomed. Public transport infrastructure such as bus stops, depots, terminals and vehicles were inadequate.

    A well-coordinated public transport development policy was also absent, he said.

    Comparing the scenario with other cities, Prof. Ranganathan said the average trip length of people in Vijayawada by bus was only 5.89 km, which compared poorly with cities like Thiruvananthapuram (8.9 km), Indore (6 km), Rajkot (13.5 km), and Guwahati (8.46 km).

    With 31.2 per cent, standard bus still topped the chart of overall travel demand by different modes of transportation. But two-wheelers like scooters and motorcycles came close with 30.1 per cent, followed by cycle (13.2 per cent) and auto-rickshaw (11.9 per cent).

    Study method

    Prof. Ranganathan said the study was carried out by dividing the city into 11 areas West Vijayawada, K.R. Market, Chittinagar, Gandhinagar-Satyanarayanapuram, Vijayawada Railway Junction, North Vijayawada, Gunadala, Autonagar, Patamata, central business district (areas like Governorpet and Suryaraopet where there is heavy business activity) and Krishnalanka.

    Besides national highways and important roads connecting the city from outsides, traffic pattern on important roads within the city, such as Bandar Road, Eluru Road, C.K. Reddy Road, G.S. Raju Road, Sambamurthy Road, Canal Road, Route No.5 Road, Autonagar Road and so on, was also studied.

    Prof. Ranganathan said that 4,252 households, making up about two per cent of total households in the city, were covered in a survey to elicit people's feedback about traffic and transportation.

    Municipal Corporation Commissioner Natarajan Gulzar said the final report was expected to be ready in the next two to three months, based on which certain corridors in the city would be identified for implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

    Former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar and others made their suggestions.