Vehicle population is choking Bengaluru city with vehicles crossing approx. 80 lakh mark. It is a huge leap from 31 lakh vehicles in 2008.
There is no stopping the boom for vehicles in the city as roads are choked with vehicle population. According to transport department data, the vehicle population is set to cross 80 lakh out of which 14-16 lakh are cars and 55-60 lakh are two-wheelers. This has also contributed to reckless driving in the streets.
Experts say the growth in vehicle registration is alarming and is, in turn, is responsible for the vehicle population. Even footpaths are choked with vehicles thereby causing problems to pedestrians.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research of U.S of America, Bengaluru is the most congested city in India.
The ever-increasing vehicle population of Bengaluru has contributed to the dropping in the average speed of a vehicle in the city from 35 km/hr in 2005 to 20 km/hr in 2010 and 9.2 in 2014. The city’s roads are bearing the burden of twice their vehicular capacity – enough of an indicator that the city is getting gridlocked.
Initiatives to curb vehicle population:
Various agencies are taking up numerous initiatives to curb vehicle population like ‘Bus Day’, ‘Open Street Day’ and ‘Less Traffic Day’ to promote the use of public transport. But the impact of all these efforts is highly debatable.
The different zones of Bengaluru city have 1,400 km. of an arterial and sub-arterial road but half of these roads are two-lane with traffic.
Vehicle population history:
When the city’s population was 16.64 lakh in 1971, the vehicle population was just around one lakh. Nobody – not even the planners saw what was to come. So, while the vehicle boom overtook the city, every other piece of infrastructure was left far behind.
The city’s traffic police wing was formed in 1930 with a staff strength of 40 policemen in the Halasuru Gate police station.
Solutions to curb vehicle population :
Metro rail is progressing at snail’s pace and the suburban rail project is yet to take off as well as road widening plans being hit by land acquisition delays.
- Expansion of BMTC bus services
- Levying congestion tax
- Regulating per family vehicle ownership
- Additional taxes and cess
- Parking fee to be hiked
- Promoting carpooling could help stem the growth of private vehicles.
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