Karnataka Government tables new Bill to help decongest Bengaluru

The Karnataka government introduced a bill on Friday with the goal of bringing in various departments to relieve Bengaluru’s congestion, the state’s economic engine, which has become renowned worldwide for having some of the slowest moving traffic due to, among other things, subpar infrastructure and design. The Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) bill, according to the Karnataka government, would act as an umbrella organisation to oversee and control traffic-related issues and coordinate the activities of several organisations whose jobs overlap in carrying out related tasks.

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“Whereas multiple institutions or agencies such as Bangalore development authority, Bengaluru metropolitan transport corporation, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, Bangalore Metro rail corporation Limited and transport department are responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing activities relating to urban mobility in the above institution and departments are empowered under different legislations to deal with matters relating to urban mobility with a certain framework,” as per statement on object of the bill. “And whereas multiplicity of institutions, departments and independent legislations that they are bound to follow are currently causing overlap in responsibilities andfcuntions, which impede the process of planning and implementation of major transportation schemes aimed at streamlining and improving urban mobility,” it added.Karnataka government

The state legislature’s just-ended monsoon session had the law on the table, but it was never discussed, suggesting that it was all drafted and delivered in a hurry. On September 8, chief minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that a decision had been made to establish a body to control traffic density in Bengaluru, a metropolis with more than 10 million vehicles and a population of almost 12 million. After speaking with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, he made the remarks. The comments were made at a time when Bengaluru’s traffic has attracted international attention and was ranked first among the worst in the world in 2020. Bengaluru beat out 415 other cities in 57 countries to take first place on this list, according to a 2019 research by TomTom, a global provider of navigation, traffic, and map products with headquarters in the Netherlands.

Since then, traffic has gotten worse due to a number of factors, including a greater reliance on private transportation due to concern over catching the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19, poor connectivity, difficulty navigating pothole-filled, subpar-quality dug-up roads, and, more recently, increased time spent on the roads due to water-logging. Bengalureans spent 243 hours, or 10 days and 3 hours, stuck in traffic, the research said. According to the analysis, Bengalureans could have planted 244 trees, watched 215 episodes of Game of Thrones, or viewed 139 football games in the same period.

The use of private transportation has also increased as a result of the delays in the completion of major projects like the metro, suburban rail, and bus fleet stagnation. The law must either be passed as an ordinance because there was no discussion, or it must wait until December to be taken up for discussion. The body, which will be led by the chief minister, will be made up of senior representatives from all significant transportation-related agencies, with the exception of academics and experts in urban mobility.

The measure also gives BMLTA the authority to create an integrated and planned development of urban mobility and a comprehensive mobility plan (CMP). They can also create parking, non-motorized transportation, multi-modal integration, and other rules, but before they can finalise any of these, they must get public input. Additionally, the bill requires the creation of an annual traffic management plan.

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