After heavy congestion on Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road, traffic police plan remedial measures

These measures involve imposing a ban on heavy vehicular traffic movement from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting next week

October 01, 2023 03:23 pm | Updated 07:18 pm IST - Bengaluru

The traffic jam on Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road on September 27, 2023.

The traffic jam on Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road on September 27, 2023.

Following the unusual traffic congestion on September 27 along Bengaluru’s tech corridor, Outer Ring Road (ORR), the Bengaluru Traffic Police and Outer Ring Road Companies Association (ORRCA) have introduced measures to preempt such a situation.

They involve imposing a ban on heavy vehicular traffic movement from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., starting next week. On Saturday, following a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar, members of the ORRCA held discussions with the Joint Commissioner of Police for Traffic M.N. Anucheth to devise strategies for reducing traffic congestion.

Shared transport

“Traffic police will discuss with major tech park developers on ORR to review the feasibility of enabling shared transport for each major tech park. This will reduce the fleet size as well as increase the occupancy of vehicles used for employee commutation. An advisory will be issued to companies on ORR to stagger their work time so we don’t have a heavy flow of traffic during the traditional peak hours of ORR,” Manas Das, president of the ORRCA, told The Hindu.

Mr. Manas emphasised the urgent need for attention, upgrades, and ongoing maintenance of 22 key arterial roads connected to the ORR. This initiative aims to alleviate pressure on the ORR, especially during the metro construction phase. “Immediate upgrades are also necessary for service roads, footpaths, and bus stops to enhance their quality. Zero tolerance for roadside illegal parking and road encroachment clearance needs to be enforced and expedite ORR metro work,” he added.

Speaking to The Hindu, Krishna Kumar Gowda, Consultant, ORRCA, said, “We were called by the Deputy Chief Minister, where we presented our framework and recommendations for the ORR. During the meeting, we emphasised the challenges ORR faces and proposed solutions to overcome these issues.”

“Mr. Shivakumar took the recommendation seriously, instructing the traffic police to implement it promptly. Additionally, he is expected to inspect the ORR on October 4,” Mr. Krishna Kumar added.

The Hindu earlier reported about the ORRCA framework and recommendations report.

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