Widening of Panathur – Balagere road imperative
March 1st, 2018
Over the past decade, Bengaluru has grown manifold and has attracted a number of multinational corporations to set up offices. It is home to India’s ever-growing IT and ITES sector and is one of the fastest growing metropolises in the country. It has enticed young professionals from all over the country to settle in here, making it the third most populous city in India. While this influx has resulted in numerous issues, traffic congestion remains the most severe. As a responsible corporate entity, SOBHA is committed to making a meaningful contribution towards resolving this issue.
According to Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) Revised Master Plan 2031, the city will have 20.3 million residents by 2031 — beyond the current population in metros such as Mumbai and Delhi. The plan has also highlighted that Bengaluru’s current population of 10 million citizens waste 600 million man hours annually, leading to a loss of INR 3,700 crore, including INR 1350 crore on fuel alone, and the rest on productivity (man hour). Such losses impact the overall economic and social growth of the city in particular and the country at large.
Today, some of the important routes connecting major IT and ITES companies in Kadubeesanahalli and Devarabeesnahalli include Outer Ring Road (ORR), Sarjapur road, Panathur road leading to Varthur from ORR and HAL road. Of these, Panathur / Outer Ring Road (ORR) to Balagere is one the most congested routes, with only 4m vent on a 4km stretch absorbing vehicular traffic emanating from both the sides. This results in a 600 to 700 metre long vehicular queue, wasting at least 45-60 minutes of commute time on an average. While the problem is severe, there are no alternative roads from Balegere to Panathur/ORR. Additionally, the condition of the road from ORR to Balegere is extremely poor.
Increasing development in the area is expected to further aggravate traffic woes on the route. It is estimated that the number of cars and two wheelers in the next 4 to 5 years will be around 50,000. Therefore, it is imperative to look for solutions for improving the traffic management and preparing for the future development.
Based on the recommendations of the Consortia of Infrastructure Engineers (CIE), SOBHA believes that this issue can be resolved to a large extent by developing an alternative road from ORR via the road adjacent to CROMA and connecting it to existing Panathur road on the eastern side of the railway line through a new underpass on the railway line. There should be focus also on improving the Balegere–Panathur road and managing the traffic better on the stretch by:
- Developing an additional narrow railway vent, adjacent to the existing one.
- Covering of open drains on either side of the Panathur road to avoid accidents.
- Streamlining of vehicle parking along the sides to ease vehicle passage.
- Long-pending widening of the Panathur road to 18m as per BDA-CDP. There is a need for an additional vent adjacent to the existing one.
- Restricting the entry of water tankers during peak hours and more.
SOBHA believes that considering these recommendations at the earliest and working towards it will improve mobility in the region. And, efficient management of traffic problems in the city will translate into improved productivity and economic growth of the state. We are hopeful that the concerned authorities will look into this issue seriously and initiate necessary action.
To this end, a large number of concerned citizens have also started a signature campaign on the matter. Besides this, they have written to the officials concerned and also to the Chief Minister in this regard hoping for an early positive action.