Pedestrian safety action plan for Iblur junction

Pedestrian safety action plan for Iblur junction

The Bellandur Jothege has put forth a plan to make pedestrian movement safe at Iblur junction. DH file photo

The members of Bellandur Jothege, a resident welfare association, have charted out a plan to make pedestrian movement safe in Iblur junction.

The plan has been proposed before the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Traffic Police (BTP) for implementation.

For those who commute through Sarjapur Road, especially pedestrians, passing through the Iblur junction is a nightmare. After many fatal accidents that claimed a few lives of some pedestrians during the last year, the members have come up with a proposal that includes a safe pedestrian crossing.

Recalling an incident that triggered to develop the action plan, Kishori Mudaliar, founder of Bellandur Jothege said: “Recently, when Gangadhar Nair, a 75-year-old man and a resident of Sun City apartment, who was on his way to Columbia Asia hospital, was allegedly hit by a BMTC bus and lost his life, we decided to take up pedestrian safety issue with the officials on a war footing.”

“The officials have agreed to the design and demands that we have put forth, as against their own, which was not inclusive of safer pedestrian movement in the Iblur junction,” she added.

According to the plan, the BBMP will now include the median island at the junction to provide some space for the pedestrians to stand and move along while crossing signals, increased traffic signals — the duration of the signal will be increased from 10 seconds to 15-20 seconds — and also a high-rise pedestrian crossing (HRPC).

Kashinath Prabhu, a resident of Sun City apartment and a member of the association, said: “The civic body officials say that they would not be able to put the HRPC as it is situated on the Outer Ring Road.”

Rajashekar S, an official from the BTP said they and the civic body were coordinating with each other to make the junction a pedestrian-friendly place.

The members also want the civic body to put reflectors along the route and to erect grills on footpaths so that the pedestrians are not harmed by the rash drivers.