RTO’s failure at Majestic bus stand

RTO’s failure at Majestic bus stand

All rules are ignored.  It is illegal to operate private buses within 500 meters of the Kempegowda Bus Station (Majestic bus station.  Private buses stand lineup in front of the Majestic bus stations creating traffic block and congestion.   The negligence of the RTO and the Transport Department to enforce the orders to curb the menace has contributed to this mess.  Reports say an average citizen spends more than 240 hours stuck in jams every year. If you’ve been fretting about traffic jams during the day, spare a thought for the people who travel at night as private buses choke four critical points in Bengaluru.

The whole system has turned a blind eye towards the illegal operation of private buses. This is affecting KSRTC’s business apart from congesting the majestic area.  KSRTC is suffering losses due to this problem.

A test drive revealed that this problem is due to the new trend of private buses coming on this stretch and parking by the roadside, besides people who park their private vehicles who do the same while dropping friends/relatives at the railway/metro stations.  Double parking along this arterial road (a national highway that connects Bengaluru and Pune) at this stretch poses a severe bottleneck which is the cause for the traffic gridlock.

Traffic rules are broken and Buses are parked all over the road

The buses are parked all over the road even as the drivers and conductors of these buses wait for passengers. This obstructs other motorists’ movement, causing a major, seemingly never-ending traffic gridlock in the night.  As this road is one of the major connecting points for other arterial roads, the traffic gridlock has a cascading effect, spreading to adjacent areas as well.

Majestic Bus Station

The Kempegowda bus terminus side of Dhanvantari Road – which starts from the point where Kempegowda (KG) Road ends and joins Platform Road towards Malleswaram – actually changes its avatar in the nights. Come night, and the road at the Majestic area side suddenly transforms into an ‘adda’ for all private interstate and intrastate buses, which causes a huge traffic jam that has its effects up to State Bank of Mysore Circle on KG Road.  As there is no escaping from KG Road that connects Majestic, all the connecting roads, too, get clogged in the night.

Transport Department

Some are of the opinion that the Officials are acting hand in glove with these permit holders.  According to the traffic police, the inspection of permits comes under the RTO and only they can ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Some sources at the Transport Department said the whole operation is controlled by “invisible hands” and it is preventing action against permit holders.  No serious attempt has been made to clear the traffic and congestion mess in Majestic.  Just as an eyewash some permits are canceled from time to time and after some time a new permit will be granted.

The nocturnal traffic jam hotspots of Bengaluru are quite surprising. Everybody at some point experience traffic jams in the daytime;  these areas are easy to go through in the daytime but the traffic turns monstrous in the nights.
you can also read: https://www.bangalorean.com/bbmp/bbmp-clears-hurdles-at-majestic-for-pedestrian-pavements/

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Freedom Park-Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar is a busy neighbour-hood in central Bengaluru.  This constituency has 7 wards.  One of the known place in Gandhinagar is the Freedom Park.

Freedom Park is located in the Central Business District of Gandhinagar, city of Bengaluru. It was formerly the Central Jail.The most awaited park of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike, the Freedom Park, opened to the public in November 2008. This, over-20 acre park, built on the former Central Jail premises on Seshadri Road is mainly constructed for arranging rallies, dharnas and protests and, therefore, not affecting the flow of traffic on such occasions.

The design to convert a prison into a park was done by Soumitro Ghosh and Nisha Mathew Ghosh of Mathew & Ghosh Architects Pvt Limited, a husband and wife team. They were chosen after they won a nation-wide contest in 2003. The competition was initiated by the BBMP and the Bangalore Agenda Task Force. It is another unique & a very interesting park in Bangalore. This park is inspired by the Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London.  This is probably the 2nd jail to be showcased for tourists. The first being the cellular jail in Andamans. The Park, now a vital green lung space in fast-concretizing Bengaluru, has a long history to it. The plans for the park were finalized as early as 2002. The project was conceived in 2004 and the work started only in 2006.

This park has various parts. There are massive barracks which were used to keep common prisoners along with a VIP enclosure which was used to accommodate high profile prisoners. There is also a central tower which was used to observe the activities of the prisoners.

According to the Engineer-in-Chief, A K Gopalaswamy  “it is a masterpiece in itself. No one imagined that the Central Jail could get this makeover while retaining its historical significance.” The barracks and the hospital blocks are retained as heritage structures.  The Old Building of Central Jail has been preserved because of its historical significance.  The central tower and the prison’s entrance block are the other structures that have found their way into the park. The park has been categorized under six broad areas: general, museum and exhibition, contemporary art, retail, performance spaces and water features.

The park has more to it than just the rally area; it has a jogger’s track (3000 sq.m), children’s [;ay area (5200 sq.m), jail museum, information corridor gallery, book museuym, children’s interactive museum in the old cells yard, tree museum and an outdoor exhition park.  The Freedom Wall stretch of he old jail house a permanent multimedia art sculpture court, pathway junctions, designer souvenir shops, book shop, traditional craft stalls, 150-seater amphitheatre, 50-seater enclosed theatre space and an open plaza for gathering.  A water pool at main entrance and natural localized water percolation zones are visible only in the rainy season.  There is also a cafeteria as well as ample of parking space.

Originally a place which was used to prison those against British rule since 1857, Freedom Park sees many interested visitors. As symbol of freedom, it was inaugurated by Shri L.K.Advani, who, coincidentally about 31 years earlier had been imprisoned in the jail premises during the 1977 emergency imposed by Smt Indira Gandhi (the then Prime Minister of India). At that time, other political leaders like Shri AB Vajpayee, Shri Ramakrishna Hegde and Shri H D Deve Gowda were also imprisoned at the Freedom Park jail.

It also hosted the India Against Corruption (IAC) supported by Anna Hazare’s  indefinite fast for governmental action in the enactment of the Lok Pal Bill.

Must See Attractions at Freedom Park

The Jail Museum has some antique photos and has a great view of the whole Park.
The original Watch Tower and some of the Barracks have been left untouched and surprisingly have been designed in such a way that they blend very well with the park. The Hospital Block has been retained as heritage structure. The Children’s play area is a big boon to the kids of the area and is very popular even with the parents. A 300 seater Amphitheatre and the Musical Fountain are the other added attractions.

Overall Freedom Park is a very peaceful & beautiful park for reading, walking and relaxing. The Freedom Park is sure to become a major tourist attraction of Bengaluru in the years. It’s a must visit place at Bengaluru.