Bengaluru gets yet another Mobility Plan: What’s new?

Much of the draft Comprehensive Mobility Plan is old wine in new bottle. The controversial elevated corridors project too makes a comeback in it. You have till January 5th to send your objections to the plan

Last month, the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT) released a Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Bengaluru. You have till January 5th to send in your suggestions and objections to the plan. Set in three phases, CMP is expected to be implemented between 2020 and 2035.

What are the key suggestions and projects in the CMP? It’s heartening that pedestrian infrastructure – which had been ignored in previous mobility plans – makes an appearance in this one.

But what’s most striking is that the elevated corridor project, which the government had shelved after major citizen protests, makes a sudden comeback in the CMP. This brings into question the seriousness with which the plan was drafted.

Also, much of the CMP is old wine in new bottle. Projects like pay-and-park, and goals such as increasing the share of public transport, that have appeared in Bengaluru’s previous mobility plans are included in the CMP as well. Congestion fee and Metrolite project that have been discussed and debated for long, are included too.

The question is, why do the same projects keep reappearing in various mobility plans over the years, but never get implemented?

Read more:

Comments:

  1. Rajesh says:

    Very logical and innovative solution with depth of analysis.
    Multilevel housing and new office space within City limits of 15kms radius to be avoided. Only then decongestion happens and mobility solutions as above will be workable.

  2. zeultino says:

    I am glad someone is questioning these reappearances of ideas which were written off!

    Would you also help me with the following please?

    Whom have you posed the question to?
    Do they know that you have?
    Is there is response expected in a certain time?

    Also, the old wine in a new bottle analogy doesn’t really work coz, the older the wine, the pricier it gets?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Effective speed management critical in India to reduce road crash fatalities

Speeding accounts for over 71% of crash-related fatalities on Indian roads. Continuous monitoring and focussed action are a must.

Four hundred and twenty people continue to lose their lives on Indian roads every single day. In 2022, India recorded 4.43 lakh road crashes, resulting in the death of 1.63 lakh people. Vulnerable road-users like pedestrians, bicyclists and two-wheelers riders comprised 67% of the deceased. Road crashes also pose an economic burden, costing the exchequer 3.14% of India’s GDP annually.  These figures underscore the urgent need for effective interventions, aligned with global good practices. Sweden's Vision Zero road safety policy, adopted in 1997, focussed on modifying infrastructure to protect road users from unacceptable levels of risk and led to a…

Similar Story

Many roadblocks to getting a PUC certificate for your vehicle

Under new rule, vehicles owners have to pay heavy fines if they fail to get a pollution test done. But, the system to get a PUC certificate remains flawed.

Recently, there’s been news that the new traffic challan system will mandate a Rs 10,000 penalty on old or new vehicles if owners don't acquire the Pollution Under Control (PUC) certification on time. To tackle expired certificates, the system will use CCTV surveillance to identify non-compliant vehicles and flag them for blacklisting from registration. The rule ultimately has several drawbacks, given the difficulty in acquiring PUC certificates in the first place. The number of PUC centres in Chennai has reduced drastically with only a handful still operational. Only the petrol bunk-owned PUC centres charge the customers based on the tariff…