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Old 26th December 2016, 13:56   #1
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Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has signed an agreement with World Resources Institute (WRI) under which, the company will be looking out for solutions to Bangalore's continuously increasing traffic woes. TMF and WRI will be focusing on improving accessibility to metro stations, and thus motivate more people to use the train network.

Bangalore is the IT capital of India. With a rising number of people using the roads daily, congestion and traffic have been increasing with every passing year. In order to keep a check on this increase in private vehicles on the road, a metro line has been laid within the city that provides a faster transport option for the daily commuters. TMF and WRI are now planning to enhance first and last mile connectivity with this metro line to make it accessible for a larger sector of commuters.

In order to do so, TMF and WRI will be developing a project called 'The Station Access & Mobility Programme'. This project will run from December 2016 to March 2018. TMF and WRI will be inviting practical and feasible ideas from the State government, public agencies and the IT industry, and will then scale the winning solution in the city of Bangalore to see whether or not it works in the real situations. The company will then determine the results of this project, and will evaluate the future scope of similar activities in other Indian cities as well.

Source: The Hindu

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Bit disappointed since I was looking for a solution that was to be implemented ! The govt has a major stake in creating the proper infrastructure. Parking at stations should have been on very high priority from beginning during land acquisition which now seems like a afterthought.
If the last mile is going to take 30 minutes to travel, how will it help ? Solutions will definitely need more spend from govt and might impede the implementation.
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What network? After nearly a decade, only two small lines are functional, and neither caters directly to our worst traffic nightmare, the IT corridors. IT traffic isn't just along the ORR, it has a knock-on effect on the entire city with people criss-crossing the map driving to/from their workplaces. The proposed ORR line will probably take a decade to materialize.

Also. the obvious 'elephant in the room' question: Why wasn't last-mile connectivity evaluated within the Metro planning phase? Why has what's probably the most critical bit in a transport system been consigned to the 'afterthought' bin?

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In India we tend to harp on various things which inter alia includes suggestions, brainstorming sessions, feedback from various stakeholders and what not. So where does the problem lie? In our country folks move in first and then the government machinery sits up and think of building the brick and mortar infrastructure. More often than not the government agencies are not able to deliver on time infrastructure results. BMRC is another example of sluggish work wherein hardly work has been done at a clip so desired.

In the city of Chennai, metro rail have opened up couple of lines and underground tunneling works are nearing completion within the city precincts and it remains to be seen how much traffic metro will be able to offset from the clogged roads. The math in Bangalore is altogether different owing to not so wide roads and lot of green cover, which of course have dwindled over the past decade.
To manage public apathy and traffic woes the government has to be the major stakeholder in bringing the necessary change. The next question is this will require massive funding and detailed planning and it's perfect execution.

You may not be allowed to register your new car or any other vehicle unless you produce proof that you have adequate parking space for it, according to a rule that the Centre is looking at introducing in future. Urban transport experts have welcomed the intention, but it will be tough implementing such a proposal.
Moreover, barring people to buy new vehicles should ideally be preceded with making efficient public transport available.
Experts also want the government to take other steps such as hiking parking charges, levying charges for using private vehicles in congested areas and increasing interest rate for car loans to discourage people from buying vehicles.
In 2015, the Himachal Pradesh high court had directed the state government that a new vehicle intended to run within the Shimla municipal corporation limits would be registered only if the purchaser produced a certificate stating that he owned parking space.
Probably a similar stand might have to be taken by the judiciary for the betterment of Bangalore.
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