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‘A good public transport system can overcome traffic woes in Bangalore’

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M.A. Saleem
M.A. Saleem

Staff Reporter

Officer for expansion of bus system to attract people using private vehicles

BANGALORE: An Indian Police Service officer, who once managed Bangalore’s traffic and is presently looking after operations of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), has made a serious attempt to look into the ground realities that affect smooth movement of traffic in metros and possible solutions.

His study into the issues, compiled into a thesis, has got him the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) degree from Bangalore University.

Meet M.A. Saleem, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, presently working as Director (Security and Vigilance), KSRTC, who has presented his thesis on “Traffic management in metropolitan cities - a framework to provide sustainable strategies to overcome traffic congestion and ensure greater safety on roads”.

Steep increase

Taking Bangalore as one of the examples, Mr. Saleem in his study focussed mainly on the steep increase in the number of vehicles — 1.46 lakh in 1978 to 6.84 lakh in 1992 and to 31 lakh in 2007. Of the 37 lakh vehicles, over 88 per cent are personal vehicles — motorcycles and cars.

Lack of adequate mass transport system, growing economic prosperity, radial pattern of road network, absence of parking infrastructure, mixed land use pattern and multiplicity of agencies managing traffic are the reasons for the enormous traffic problems Bangalore is facing, he said. Strongly arguing in favour of public transport system to overcome the traffic woes of Bangalore, Mr. Saleem said bus system should be expanded and improved to attract people using personal vehicles.

Roads should have separate lanes to accommodate public transport vehicles on priority basis while in new areas, bus rapid transport system should be introduced, he said. Introduction of metro and mono rail system would also help reduce the load on the roads.

Stating that land use and transport planning should be integrated, Mr. Saleem said transport network should be planned before forming residential layouts. Existing narrow roads could be widened through Transferable Developmental Rights (TDR) to accommodate increased number of vehicles.

Introduction of the intelligent transport system, traffic regulatory measures, encouraging non-motorised transport, parking management, imposition of heavy parking fee, introduction of staggered working timing for offices and educational institutions and modernisation of traffic police, are some of the other measures which could improve the traffic condition if implemented properly, Mr. Saleem said.

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