Namma Raste, Namma Ooru Our city is in a crisis – our roads are congested, our trees are being cut down, new infrastructure projects are being launched with frightening consequences and little comprehensive planning. Road widening is the most immediate action by the authorities.
road widening proposal Bengaluru <ul><li>140 roads to be widened over a road length of 400 km. </li></ul><ul><li>These roads fall in all parts of Bangalore city </li></ul><ul><li>Cunningham Road, Kamaraj Road, Uttarahally Main Road, Thimmaiah Road, Dispensary Road, Richmond Road, Ulsoor Road, Bull Temple road……you name the road & its on the list! </li></ul>
Is road widening necessary? <ul><li>BBMP claims that the road widening is essential to decongest Bangalore and raise the speed of traffic flows. </li></ul><ul><li>But will this actually work? </li></ul><ul><li>Will another lane or two help </li></ul><ul><li>decongest the traffic in the long term? </li></ul>
Consider this………………………………… 1500 vehicles are registered in Bangalore every day, 85% of which are two wheelers and cars. How long can we expand our roads?
Bangalore’s Future: From Garden City to Wasteland? The road widening will destroy over 40000 trees, and raise the temperature of Bangalore by 3 degree celsius! Is this short term solution worthwhile?
A road may connect faraway places, but it should not become a barrier for people. What happens to pedestrians, school children, senior citizens and the differently-abled? Idhu Yaara Raste? Consider this: On Bellary road, 17 people killed and 36 injured in 66 accidents in five weeks of the new airport becoming functional. And this road has only 5 traffic signals along a 30 km. stretch! Who is this road for?
Illi Cargalige Matra Pravesha <ul><li>Don’t we need to plan for the street vendors and pourakarmikas, who play an important role in city’s life? </li></ul><ul><li>The road widening will affect some of Bangalore’s core market areas like Basavangudi and Avenue Road, destroy the livelihoods of thousands of traders and the character of the city. </li></ul>Only cars move here
Is there a rational solution? 5000 buses carry 40% of the city’s population. They also occupy far less road space than cars.
Kasturba Road- The survey drawing Each road to be widened has trees, shops, heritage buildings, vendor kiosks, bus stops besides services to be moved or cut down. A lot of thought, study and discussion with the affected people has to happen before any action. This has not been done, and we have been asking for this from a long time. Take the case of one road that is proposed to be widened. Our brief study reveals the importance of care and sensitivity in undertaking such a scheme.
Kasturba Road Row of Ashoka Trees The Old Police Station building will be affected An old & large Ficus tree Large Mango tree cut Row of Champa Trees An old Raintree Large Peepal trees
What can you do? <ul><li>Join us for the Community Walk!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Streets are for people! </li></ul><ul><li>Come to LalBagh West Gate on Sunday November 9th 2008, at 11:00 AM. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to participate in the planning of our cities and </li></ul><ul><li>we can!! </li></ul>