Vishwanathan. R has thoughts on a few options that might ease Bangalore of its traffic problems.
Put sale of all new vehicles ON HOLD irrespective of whether it is a one-wheeler, four wheeler or multi wheelers, till exhaustive, time tested, traffic solutions are set in place to take care of traffic rush anticipated in 2020. Otherwise it will be chock-a-block at your door step.
Privatise the bus transport for increased efficiency, better comfort for the commuters and for quicker and safer journeys. Care to be taken to identify professional companies with vast experience in similar field who are not only efficient but accountable and punctual as well.
All government vehicles (except vans, SUVs and other pool type vehicles) should be withdrawn immediately and government officials be advised to travel by public transport only. This will not only save a lot of tax payers’ money but would also instill a feeling of oneness and camaraderie with the common man.
Metro Rail— One of the best options for any mega city—Expedite the project so that this generation could benefit from it!
Reschedule office and school timings. Schools can be between 8 am – 1 pm and Offices between 2 pm – 8 pm with Saturday and Sundays weekly off for all. Let’s forget the teeny weeny statutory requirements. After all we are trying to solve a more serious problem which needs to be tackled on a war footing lest all of us will become immobile sooner than anticipated.
Encourage hiring of people who stay close to their work area, train them to meet your standards and benefit from the same. This will eliminate cross traversing, all-round employment, all-round happy families and totally eradicate the menace of atrocious driving and frequent fatal accidents mainly to the non-suspecting victims by the cabbies of the IT Hub.
There are many, many options which could go a long way in easing the gigantic problem, most of them are result-oriented and welcome by most and unpalatable to a few. But then, if you want to address the cause of many, you may have to ignore the demands of a handful few, otherwise the growth will have a negative effect in the days to come, which will be sooner than later.
The need of the hour is:
- Political Will
- Dedicated unselfish executors of projects
- ‘Action speaks louder than words’ believers
- Professionals at all levels of operation
- Fool proof planning—it pays to burn more night oil during the ‘Drawing board stage’ rather than at the operational stage
- Non-interference by politicians, better still, to introduce a new political system with plenty of inbuilt controls for transparency and eradication of corruption—harsher legal punishments for the first timers itself.
Is it asking too much?! Should we resign to the situation as hapless people? Should we leave behind a bad legacy with excuses galore for our next generation? The questions are endless…there is no light at the end of the tunnel, at least for now……..