Bengaluru: KRDCL Managing Director B.S. Shivakumar has said that the government was looking at an integrated answer to address the transport woes plaguing the city and the proposed elevated corridor project will be its critical component.
Addressing KRDCL employees about the project, Shivakumar said it will be implemented in four phases and would alleviate congestion, provide unhindered travel, and reduce travel time.
The project, along with the existing suburban train network, current and proposed metro network, flyovers, ROB’s and ring-roads will significantly reduce the woes of Bengaluru’s commuters.
This will be a boon to Bengaluru’s transport infrastructure, which is currently bursting at its seams, he remarked.
Shivakumar said the elevated corridors will have a dedicated lane for public transport. The city currently has a transport network that includes commuter rail, metro and roadways such as the Outer Ring Road and road over/under bridges.
The elevated road corridor will work in tandem with the existing infrastructure to alleviate commuters time related problems. Thus, the first most obvious step to solving the commuter’s problems was to increase the overall capacity of network.
In Bengaluru it is assumed that any car journey will encounter high traffic. “Hebbal to the Silk Board journey takes 100 minutes and covering 15-kilometre distance from Hebbal to Lalbagh takes 60 minutes. Further, peak hour is becoming more and more unpredictable as office timings no longer remain rigid.”
He pointed out that the proposed North-South, East-West, and centrally based elevated corridors will ease traffic congestion all over the city. “The 87.87 kilometres of multi-lane roads will ensure that it will take no longer than 45 minutes to reach any part of the city. Once the first phase is completed, the travel time from Hebbal to Silk Board junction will be reduced from 100 minutes to 35,” Shivakumar added....