Bengaluru: As the city continues to battle with traffic woes, NICE Ltd founder Ashok Kheny has observed that though there are excellent solutions to ease traffic congestion in Bengaluru, the Siddaramaiah government lacks the interest and planning to adopt them. Speaking on the sidelines of the curtain-raiser for Bengaluru half-marathon, Mr Kheny
said that the proposals to build roads from Nagawara to Kempegowda International Airport and Electronics City to the airport have no takers.
On his solutions to ease the traffic, he said, “The two by-pass roads can magically reduce the traveling time taken to the airport. Worldwide, steel structures are being removed, but this government wants to construct a steel bridge from Basaweshwara Nagar to Hebbal! These bridges are not sustainable and make a lot of noise when vehicles move on them. We need long-term and mid-term solutions to improve traffic in the city, but the government has not shown any interest.”
The state government’s proposal to widen the Hebbal flyover lacks planning, he said, and pointed out that the design of the flyover is flawed. “Constructing additional ramps at this flyover will reduce the four-lane road to two lanes and the two existing ramps will be of no use. New ramps will not ease the bottleneck on the flyover,” he said.
He slammed the government’s method of building roads and its dependence on retired PWD engineers, who work as consultants for the government. “These are the same engineers who could not build the Peripheral Ring Road during their service. How will they plan and construct new roads? There is a need for a holistic approach to build roads,” he said.
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