Outer Ring Road was built to ease traffic movement in the city but ironically sees some of the biggest jams.
The average speed on ORR is much below 10 kmph. Not just that, the Passenger Car Unit (PCU) on the road has shot up by several times. A recent study put the number of vehicles on ORR on any particular day at 4.5 lakh, the highest for any stretch of road in the city.
The average speed on ORR was reported to be as low as 5 kmph last year, following which the traffic cops banned trucks to improve vehicle speeds. However, bad road stretches, potholes and increase in vehicular traffic has caused speed to fall further. Mr. Saleem said that the situation in other parts of the city is manageable.
The number of vehicles has shot up by 3.5 lakh during the last one year, sources said.
“Most of these new vehicles are adding to the stress on the already stressed IT corridor and ORR. The PCU on these corridors has shot up by at least 25 per cent in recent times,” Mr. Saleem said.
A traffic cop in the area said that lack of good service roads intersecting the ORR causes congestion. “More tech parks are coming up in the area and the situation will only get worse,” he said.
A road that was designed for 5,400 PCU per hour today chokes at 4,000 PCUs bringing out the lacunae in its design.
Problematic stretch :
Hebbal to Silk Board Junction — 19km
More than 200 tech firms in the vicinity
Firms employ around three lakh people
Recent study revealed that 4.5 lakh vehicles ply on the road every day
PCU has shot up by at least 25 per cent
Average speed decreased by around 20 per cent
Silk Board Junction
Tin Factory Junction in KR Puram
Marathahalli Railway Over Bridge
BDA recently approved a Rs. 25 crore project to ‘remake’ ORR
CEOs of firms on ORR pressing for better infrastructure