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A dreamA Green Bangalore, with clean air, peaceful roads
The current nightmareTerrible pollution, road accidents, loss of trees,loss of homes and businesses to road widening
Can we forget the nightmare and achieve the dream ?
The current strategy Widen roads to keep pace with trafficTraffic is doubling every 5 years. Road space can neverIllogically, we are trying to double keep pace with vehicleRoad space every 5 years. population.
Dog chasing its tail strategy has failed all over the world 20-lane road in USA. Congestion remains, despite endless road widening.
Move to sustainable transportIncrease public transport, reduce private vehicles. Public transport = mass transport + taxis + autos+Increase Non-motorized Transport (NMT) Cycling and WalkingThis is the only solution that will work in the long term.
Sustainable transport could lead to this Reduce No. of vehicles by 75 % Commute time by 50 % Pollution by 80 % Spending on roads by 90 %Increase spending onWater, Health care, Education, Electric power
Metro ?Like London, Paris and New York, Bangalore needs400 km. of Metro tracks.The other cities took 150 years to build 400 km. of Metro.Bangalore has taken 5 years to build 4 km.42 km. in phase 1 is going to cost Rs. 12,000 Cr.1. Bangalore Metro will take 100 years, cost Rs. 1 Lakh Crore.2. We will not be alive to see its benefits. MG Road, before Metro MG Road, after Metro
Bus ? 150 people in cars 150 people in 2 buses and 2-wheelersRoad space used by a person in a bus is 3 % compared to aa car, 5 % compared to a 2-wheeler
The bus already works, beautifully BMTC has 6000 buses, 0.5 % of the total vehicle population of 36,00000 (36 lakhs). It carries half the citys population. Proportionately One half of Bangalore occupies this much road space in 36 Lakh private vehicles. The other half of Bangalore occupies this much road space in 6000 buses.
Commuter rail ?Will run on existing rail tracks, 405 km. distance.Connects all suburbs.Starts with 15 minute frequency, increases to 5-10 minutes in 7 years.Can start in 1 year, Rs. 8000 Crore total cost.
Option 1Keep widening roads and destroying Bangalore+Wait for Metro for 100 years, cost Rs. 1 lakh Cr.2005 2010 2015 2020 ?
ResultAir pollution, road accidents, loss of trees, loss of homesand businesses to road widening
Option 2For long commutes – public transportCommuter railBusTaxisAutosFor short commutes - Non-motorized transportCyclingWalking
ResultA green Bangalore, with clean air, improved mobility,more money spent on healthcare, water, power,education
Does it really need great intelligence todecide which option is better ?
But you think it is Utopian ?Sustainable transport is too long term, OK for developedcountries like Holland but not practical in a developingcountry ?SeeHow sustainable transport can be implemented in Bangalore.
What you can do1. Start practising sustainable transport – take publictransport, cycle or walk whenever possible. Can you start bynot driving to that neighbourhood shop thats half a km.away ?2. Reduce your addiction to your private vehicle, in stages.3. Convince friends that sustainable transport is the onlyway to go – personally, through social media, etc.4. Participate in campaigns pushing for sustainabletransport – email, petitions, public meetings, demonstrations– in whatever way you can.
“A Developed country is not a place where the Poor have cars, its where the Rich use Public Transport”- Enrique Peñalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Columbia, and sustainable transport guru
Further readingSome of the articles are a couple of years old. The data may be slightly old, butthe essence of the arguments does not change.Why the Metro is not a solutionWhy road widening is stupidEnrique Penalosa - Brief biographyInterview with Enrique PenalosaBangalore commuter railGroups working for sustainable transportWant to join and work in a group working for sustainable transport in Bangalore?You can contribute your time, skills and money.Join Praja.in