User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Traffic :: traffic-woes
Last updated: Dec 16 2017 02:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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As metro work chokes Whitefield road, residents look at railways for rescue 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
As work on metro cuts into the only main road connecting Whitefield, residents are seeing suburban trains as a way out and said traffic and pollution will be a major poll planks in the upcoming elections. Members of Whitefield Rising, a group of active residents, met senior railway officials in the Bengaluru division seeking suburban trains. They submitted a memorandum to the divisional railway manager along with a copy of previous ones given over the last four years. "There are no trains from 6 pm to 10 pm, the time when they are actually needed. We also need immediate relief as metro construction work has choked roads and increased air pollution. We cant wait for assurances anymore," Anjali Saini of Whitefield Rising told DH. Railways has been citing lack of automatic signalling (IBS) as the reason for its inability to add more services. "The project was approved by the state government in August 2016, but yet to be completed. Whitefield has 5 lakh registered voters who are frustrated because of the ...
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Techies' solution for ORR traffic chaos may produce one more flyover 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The increasing nightmare of traffic snarls on the Outer Ring Road, especially along the stretch connecting the Hebbal flyover and Horamavu, may be eased with a touch of innovation from the tech community. But their idea of adding one more layer to the already confusing labyrinth of flyovers in the area has triggered some concerns. Consultants from Embassy Tech Village have proposed an extra ramp to link Nagawara and Veeranapallya flyovers, with an extension to the Manyata Tech Park. The Embassy Group has agreed to sponsor the project. On Friday, the consultants made a presentation to Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, Mayor Sampath Raj, Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development, Mahendra Jain and BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad. "We have obtained an in-principle approval from BBMP," said Rajendra Prasad, a director with the Embassy Group, who was part of Fridays meeting. "We will get the go-ahead after submitting the details and the drawings to the BBMP and the BMRCL. We will be spending ...
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Band-aid for traffic mess 14.12.2017 Chinese
Karnataka government seems to have finally woken up to the traffic woes of commuters in Bengaluru
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Metro, BMTC fares likely to be reduced on Traffic-less Day 13.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Fares of Namma Metro and city buses in Bengaluru, including Volvo buses, are likely to be reduced on second Sundays starting from February when the government will initiate its Traffic-less Day programme to check population. Transport Minister H M Revanna said the decision was taken to encourage public transport and regulate private vehicles. "Fares of tickets and daily passes of the BMTC buses as well as Namma Metro fares will be cut on second Sundays. Encouraging the public transport is the best way to check pollution in the city," he said. The minister, who spoke about the plan for the third time in two weeks, said discussions were going on with officials on the reduction in fares. "We are also talking with metro officials on cutting fares," he said. Noting that about 72 lakh vehicles have been registered in the city, Revanna said if 62 lakh vehicles stay off the road for a day fuel consumption, as well as pollution, will come down. "Autorickshaws, taxis and maxicabs will not be affected by the ...
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AIIB approves Rs 2,159 crore loan to Bangalore Metro 12.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Banks (AIIB) Board of Directors has approved a $335 million (Rs 2,159 crore) loan for a 100% electric metro project that will reduce traffic and pollution and increase employment and mobility in India. The investment in the Bangalore Metro Rail Project-Reach 6 (R6) is AIIBs first metro project and its first joint financing partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB). EIB is the projects lead financier with Euro 500 million in funding. In May 2016, AIIB and EIB signed a memorandum of understanding establishing a framework of cooperation to conduct regular dialogues and explore joint infrastructure project financing. The Bangalore Metro Rail Project-R6 is the first project resulting from that framework. By expanding the citys metro system, the project will provide high-capacity north-south connectivity through the centre of Bengaluru, Indias third most populated city with a population of 9.6 million. Primary beneficiaries will be the commuters who travel along ...
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Lack of bus shelter, congested road haunt Shanivarasanthe 12.12.2017 Deccan Herald - District
In the absence of proper roads and bus shelter in Shanivarasanthe, the road users continue to suffer from traffic congestion and also being hit by speeding vehicles. The town has neither a government nor a private bus shelter. The Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle has been converted into a temporary bus shelter. The main road in town, Field Marshal Cariappa Road, is congested and is causing inconvenience to both vehicle users as well as pedestrians. Shanivarasathe is situated on the border of Kodagu and Hassan districts. The KSRTC buses from Bengaluru, Mysuru, Hassan, Mangaluru, Shivamogga, Dharmasthala and Subrahmanya arrive at Shanivarasanthe on a daily basis. Further, for every 15 minutes, there is a private bus operating to different destinations from Shanivarasanthe. Full-fledged shelter The traffic woes will be eased if a full-fledged bus shelter is constructed in Shanivarasanthe, said local residents. Gram Panchayat member N K Sumathi said, "When private and KSRTC buses enter Kittur Rani Chennamma ...
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First crowdsourced citizens’ manifesto released 12.12.2017 Hindu: News
It is the outcome of the #BekuBedaSanthe held at Freedom Park on October 15
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The road less taken 11.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Blaring horns and endless traffic jams are an increasingly common sight in Bengaluru. Among a host of initiatives taken by the civic authorities to address this situation, the proposition of the Less Traffic Day stands out. It calls for leaving ones own vehicles at home and using public transport options every alternate Sunday. While the soon-to-be brought-in initiative has fetched encouraging responses from some Bengalureans, others are wondering about the feasibility factor. Mahalakshmi Sanjay, an executive assistant in a bank and resident of Malathahalli, says that this concept might not work for places which do not have frequent bus services. "It is a big struggle for me to find a cab or a bus to reach any place from here. Good bus connectivity is required before such a day is implemented, even if it is on a Sunday. The authorities can look at reducing the fares of authorickshaws and cabs that day," she says. Though carpooling and using public transport has become common, the Less Traffic Day would ...
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Now, a 'two-wheeler mode' in Google Maps 10.12.2017 deccanherald.com
Google has come up with the two-wheeler mode for its eponymous maps. The feature, part of the US-based technology giants policy of giving thrust to India-first features, could come in handy in cities like Bengaluru that are notorious for their traffic jams. "India is the largest two-wheeler market in the world, and the millions of motorcycle and scooter riders have different navigation needs than drivers of automobiles," the company said in a blog. The two-wheeler mode in Google Maps shows trip routes that use shortcuts not accessible to cars and trucks, besides providing customised traffic and arrival time estimations. As most Indians rely on local landmarks for navigation, the two-wheeler mode is equipped to show them on the route. Another India-first feature that Google came up last week is the special version of Google Assistant: Google Assistant for JioPhone, built for India in both English and Hindi. The product aims to bring the benefits of Google Assistant to millions of first-time internet ...
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Commuters demand sustainable, well-planned infrastructure 9.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Bengaluru flyovers are constructed only to be demolished or redesigned later. This has come to the fore once again with the Jayadeva flyover scheduled to be demolished soon for a Metro line on the same path. Many feel that such mega projects should be meticulously planned to avoid disasters as it involves human resource, time and money. DH speaks to a cross-section of Bengalureans to ascertain their views on such unplanned projects. One of them, Manjunath Basavaraju, Regional Procurement Manager, Danske IT opines that flyovers in the city have been built unscientifically. He explains, "A few of them are too small while others are lengthy without proper planning. They are not built to ease traffic along a stretch but only to decongest a specific intersection. This is wrong. These flyovers should be built with an intention to decongest multiple intersections on a long stretch. The entry and exit points should have enough room for motorists to pass through." Basavaraju also laments that these flyovers are ...
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Roads to an unhealthy life 5.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Air pollution has become the hallmark of Outer Ring Roads (ORRs) in Bengaluru. Of late, many infrastructure projects are coming up on these roads and are adding to the current problem. People living in and around the area, corporate employees and even traffic cops are facing the ill-effects of this. Shalinee, an equity expert working in Ecospace says, "It has become an ordeal to travel to work on this route. It is highly polluted. During the rains, it gets even more difficult to travel as the road in front of my office submerges in drainage water, which is an outflow of the Bellandur stormwater drain. People find it difficult to step on the road. We have to enter our offices through this water." Says Ravi Kumar, a resident of Bellandur, "People in my apartment get paid water tankers for drinking as we cannot consume the water here. Not only that, at times the stormwater drain stinks badly. Last year, a multi-storey building collapsed next to our apartment. Kids had to suffer a lot due to the dust from ...
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White-topping cripples traffic 4.12.2017 deccanherald.com
White-topping of roads led to severe traffic snarls in a few areas of the city on Monday. Traffic jams were reported from Briand Square to CAR headquarters on Mysuru Road, Kasturi Nagar to Old Madras Road, from Babusapalya to Byappanahalli and at MEI junction on Tumakuru on Monday. BBMP began white-topping of roads recently and on Sunday, work on the up ramp of the Sirsi Circle flyover at the Azad Nagar end on Mysuru Road began. Since a part of the road was closed for the work, Byatarayanapura traffic police and KR Market traffic police had to redirect vehicles. "Traffic jams will continue for a some more days till white-topping work is done," said a senior traffic police officer from Byatarayanapura traffic police station. "White-topping work has been going on for the past 15 days at MEI junction. Due to this, commuters need to drive to CMTI junction and take a U-turn. Police personnel will be posted there to direct traffic," said Kasim Raja, ACP traffic North. Anjali (name changed), a commuter ...
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‘Master Plan–2031 needs wider deliberation to shape future’ 3.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The much-awaited draft Revised Master Plan–2031 for Bengaluru has rightly conducted studies across disciplines to arrive at various proposals, and two positive aspects stand out. Conservation (of nat...
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Cure.fit in expansion mode, hopes to be profitable by next year 2.12.2017 All Companies Stories
Cure.fit will invest around Rs 25 crore to expand its operations to Delhi-NCR
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Government urges people not to use private vehicles on second Sundays 2.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The recent smog crisis in Delhi has spurred the Karnataka government to declare one Sunday a month as a ‘less traffic day’ and encourage people to shun private transport on that day. The Bangalore Me...
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Bengaluru needs revamp of public transport system 30.11.2017 Deccan Herald - Analysis
Megacities of the world have become engines of economic growth, witnesses of sprawling urbanisation and population explosion in recent decades. Indias capital, New Delhi, has virtually blacked out, thanks to a boom in vehicular traffic-led air pollution. The growth of income levels in all metropolitan cities is much higher than the average per capita income of the country. This shows that wealth concentration is highly polarised towards cities of the world, causing growing inequality in income distribution, on the one hand, and the pleasure for millions of owning a private vehicle, on the other. The per capita income of city dwellers is several times higher than that of rural households. Bengaluru is the countrys IT hub and the most dynamic city in the world, leaving behind Beijing, China, witnessing a rise in per capita income from a mere Rs 28,512 in 2001 to Rs 2,71,387 in 2015. This has directly influenced interest in owning private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers and cars, whose numbers have shot ...
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George goes out on 'inspection' to campaign subtly 30.11.2017 deccanherald.com
A subtle political campaign was conducted by Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister K J George in the name of inspection of rain affected areas on Thursday. As the state assembly elections are nearing, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) seems to have left no stone turned to lure voters through their campaigns disguised in the name of inspection. George undertook the inspection of rain affected areas in Bommanahalli zone. He was accompanied with Mayor R Sampath Raj, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad and all other senior officials from BBMP, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB), and Bangalore Electricity Supply company (BESCom). As all officers had come in their own cars, it resulted in a serpentine traffic jam on the narrow roads of the Bommanahalli zone. There were about 60 cars blocking the path. The Minister was welcomed by bursting fire crackers and ...
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74 flights delayed, 5 diverted as fog envelops Bengaluru airport 28.11.2017 Deccan Herald - News

Five flights were diverted to Chennai and 74 took off late as dense fog affected visibility early on Tuesday morning.

This is the first time so many flights were disrupted this winter, an official at the Kempegowda International Airport said.

According to the India Meteorological Department, visibility dropped to 150 metres, making it difficult for aircraft to take off and land.

Five international flights were diverted to Chennai. Cars and taxis lined up to pick up and drop passengers, causing a traffic jam.

Passengers had to wait at least an additional hour to board their flights.

Fog is common during winter, and poor visibility in the early morning hours may continue for two or three days, according to Sunder M Metri, director in charge, IMD
Bengaluru.

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74 flights delayed, 5 divertedas fog envelops B'luru airport 28.11.2017 Deccan Herald - News

Five flights were diverted to Chennai and 74 took off late as dense fog affected visibility early on Tuesday morning.

This is the first time so many flights were disrupted this winter, an official at the Kempegowda International Airport said.

According to the India Meteorological Department, visibility dropped to 150 metres, making it difficult for aircraft to take off and land.

Five international flights were diverted to Chennai. Cars and taxis lined up to pick up and drop passengers, causing a traffic jam.

Passengers had to wait at least an additional hour to board their flights.

Fog is common during winter, and poor visibility in the early morning hours may continue for two or three days, according to Sunder M Metri, director in charge, IMD
Bengaluru.

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Protesting farmers block highway, traffic affected 28.11.2017 deccanherald.com
The Mekedatu Horata Samiti members staged a roadblock protest in front of the excise department on Tuesday demanding the immediate implementation of the Mekedatu project.

As a result of the roadblock, the traffic on Bangalore-Mysore road was affected for some time and vehicles piled up into a jam. The farmers sat on either side of the road blocking traffic.

The farmers warned that the government that if the project is not implemented immediately, they will intensify their protests and march to Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru.

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