Bengaluru: The busy KR Puram – Central Silk Board stretch will have a dedicated bus lane in a matter of one month. The decision was taken after a team of officials from different departments inspected the 17-km Outer Ring road on Sunday.
If the pilot project turns sucessful, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to take up similar experiments on all the 12 high density roads in the City including on the Vellara Junction – Silk Board stretch and the Trinity Circle – Marathahalli stretch.
“BBMP has identified 30 kms of dedicated bus lane in high-density traffic corridor. A route inspection was held today along BMTC, Bescom ,DULT , Bengaluru Traffic Police(East) #BBMP Spl comm Projects &
@BBMPSWMSplComm. Actionables were noted & fixed Nov 1 as deadline,” Anil Kumar, who has been active on social media ever since he took over as BBMP commissioner, tweeted.
A senior BBMP official said they will first introduce a dedicated bus lane on KR Puram and Central Silk Board stretch as the carriageway is relatively wide and the traffic is considerably high. “If the public likes it, we want to extend the project on all roads consisting of six lanes.”
“Only BMTC buses will be allowed on the dedicated lane. We will install bollards and highlight the stretch in different colours so that no other vehicles encroach the dedicated lane,” the official said. He also sought cooperation from all stakeholders including the public. “The BMTC will have to introduce more number of buses while we are also seeking help from traffic police to deploy additional manpower on this stretch.”
Introducing dedicated bus lane on KR Puram and Central Silk Board may not take much time for the BBMP as the 17-km road was designed for running dedicated bus services about 10 years ago. The project was, however, shelved after the Siddaramaiah-government decided to introduce Metro on that stretch.
Although the BMRCL is currently preparing to construct Metro on the ORR, the project requires at least an year to take off as the utility is yet to float tenders for the civil works.
The dedicated bus lane, which could be introduced in a short span of time unlike Metro, does have several advantages. The faster movement of buses is likely to attract more people towards using public transport, thereby reducing the use of personal vehicles.
Currently, the average speed of buses in the City is less than 10-km per hour, resulting in the poor usage of buses.