CM Plans to Set up Separate Authority to Decongest 12 High-Density Roads

Bengaluru: Chief Minister B.S Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced setting up of Bengaluru Mobility Management Authority (BMMA) on the lines of Transport for London, a local government body that is responsible for the transport system in Greater London. The BMMA is likely to bring together all the mobility related agencies in Bengaluru including BMTC, BMRCL, Traffic Police and the BBMP. 

The decision was taken during an important meeting at CM’s office where deputy Chief Ministers Ashwath Narayana CN and Laxman Savadi, MPs PC Mohan and Rajeev Chandrasekhar were present. Officials representing all Bengaluru-related government utilities were also present at the meeting.  

Sources said the BMMA will have a limited role to play, which is mostly pertaining to decongesting the 12 high-density roads such as Outer Ring Road, Hosur road, Old Madras road, Old Airport road, Bannerghatta road, Mysore Road, Bellary road, Inner ring road etc. The senior IAS officer said the government will also be setting up Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA), which will have a larger role to play with the responsibility to play for greater Bengaluru area. 

“The BMMA was set up with a limited mandate. The UMTA has been stuck since both Transport Department and Urban Development Department want the new platform to work under them,” another official said. 

The role of BMMA

As per the government sources, the BMMA will be tasked with the responsibility to implement the action plan of decongesting 12 high-density roads. They said one external advisor RK Misra made the presentation to the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, claiming that the traffic on the 12 major roads could be reduced by 40% and average traffic speed could be increased to 25kmph with nine interventions. 

The action plan for all the 12 roads included following solutions: a dedicated bus lane on both sides of the road, 2-metre wide footpath, 1.5 metre wide cycle track, high-rise medians, foot-over-bridge at every 1-km, street lights, automated synchronised signalling and traffic cameras, dedicated traffic patrolling on every road and integrated traffic management control room. 

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also discussed suggestions on introducing 6,000 new buses, expanding Metro line to Hoskote Cross, early completion of 72-km Phase II Metro project, scientific waste management and the plans to prevent lake encroachments etc.