KARNATAKA

‘Open up tech park roads to fix Whitefield’

Urban experts push for development of multi-modal public transport system

Opening up roads on private campuses of tech parks in Whitefield area for public access was one of the out-of-the-box proposals made to fix the road system in Whitefield at a brainstorming session of urban experts with the Chief Minister on Tuesday.

Urban planners from World Resources Institute (WRI) and V. Ravichandar, member of BBMP restructuring committee, made four presentations to the government and strongly pressed for boosting multi-modal public transport system across the city.

“The road network in the Whitefield area is poor and the missing road links have to be fixed. The tech parks need to go for building security rather than gate security. If the campuses don’t do this, their tenants may move out, as they are faced with several issues now,” Mr. Ravichandar said. The experts also strongly pushed for the comprehensive development of multiple modes of public transport system – Namma Metro, Commuter Rail to Whitefield and Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) on Outer Ring Road. They also proposed to increase the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation fleet to 10,000 buses from its present strength of 6,500.

Private solutions

“We should also look at private solutions and formalise the private mini bus services to attain more flexibility,” he said. The experts also suggested improvements to road junctions across the city to decongest the traffic-choked roads.

Urbanist R.K. Mishra, working closely with Whitefield Rising, said the first thing to be done to increase access to Whitefield was to complete all the projects of underpass and flyovers proposed at six crucial junctions – K.R. Puram, Marathahalli, Kundalahalli, Hoody, Hope Farm, and Graphite India.

Yelahanka-Devanahalli

The experts also made presentations on measures to be taken to prevent Yelahanka-Devanahalli, set to be the next hub, from turning into another Whitefield.

Bengaluru development minister K.J. George said the presentations were made as part of the government’s push to develop the city.

He said the Chief Minister has directed the Urban Development Department to hold consultative meetings on the subject and put up notes to take final decision.



They also proposed to increase the BMTC

fleet to 10,000 buses

from its present

strength of 6,500





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