People's problems

Cycle tracks have to be more cyclist-friendly

The idea of cycle tracks in Bangalore is just fantastic as cycling has caught on with Bangaloreans. From school kids to men in 60's, all are on the verge of making cycling a part of their routine.

With this being the trend, cycle tracks are very helpful as they supplement a little confidence to take the cycles out on the road amidst the massive Bangalore traffic.

The BBMP has no doubt provided a separate track for bicycles, but how far is it being useful for bicycle commuters? Firstly, the width of the tracks is a bit small. Apart from that, the tracks which are meant for cycles are mostly occupied by cars for parking.

Even if a single car is parked in the track, it is very dangerous for the cyclist on the track to come out of it and overtake the car because the other vehicles on the roads would not expect the cyclist to get off the track all of a sudden and land on the busy roads.

It will serve the purpose and ensure the safety of the cyclists if separate tracks for cycles are separated and free from other vehicles.

The officials concerned are requested to take necessary action and help the bicycle commuters to overcome this problem.

We also ask that they encourage others to take up cycling, which would help in protecting the environment and their health, as well.

Deepika Nagaraja,

Responsive KSRTC staff

I would like to thank Deccan Herald for publishing my complaint in the People’s Problems column in its edition dated April 29, regarding the leaky Volvo bus of KSRTC, in which I travelled from Bangalore to Mysore on April 15.

In response, Divisional Traffic Controller Chandrashekhar visited me at my residence to express his regret over the inconvenience caused to me and to refund Rs 265, which I had paid towards the bus fare. Chandrashekhar and his juniors explained to me the cause of the leakage - deficient service by the coach builder company (where the bus had been sent for repairs).

The company had handed over the bus without completing repairs on the roof of the bus, which led to the leakage when it rained. I appreciated the courtesy and responsiveness of the KSRTC officials concerned.

M Jameel Ahmed,

Culvert project affecting traffic

Traffic on the only road connecting the outer ring road to Muddinapalya and ahead of Sir MV Layout and Upkar Layout Road has been diverted due to construction of a culvert. The work has been progressing for the last four months, much to the inconvenience of road users. The diversion road is small and poses the risk of accidents. The officials concerned must review the project and take necessary steps to complete it soon.

Janardhana Reddy,
CII Main Road, Bharathnagar

Bus boards need lights

Of late, a majority of the buses, except the ones with digital boards, do not have lights for the route or destination boards. Commuters have to struggle to discern the route number at night. Women, children and senior citizens find it difficult to catch their buses when the route numbers are not visible and especially when two or more buses arrive at the bus stop at the same time. It will be much helpful to the public if the authorities look into the matter and provide lights to destination boards in all buses.

K V V Murthy,
JP Nagar 7th Phase

Poor bus services

The Banashankari 3rd Stage/Chennammanakere bus terminus is one of the oldest and a number of commuters use the BMTC services from here. But till date, there is no direct service to the Kempegowda bus station via BSK 2nd Stage, Yediyur, South End Circle and Town Hall. To reach Minerva Circle and South End Circle, people are forced to depend on autorickshaws.

Hence, services are required to South End Circle and Minerva Circle. Also, there is no BMTC service to Jayanagar 4th block, a major hub in south Bangalore. There is only one service (bus number 314) and the same is not regular.

The authorities are requested ply more buses to Jayanagar 4th block and J C Road from the Chennammanakere terminus.

S Ravichandran

Residents in Vasanthapura are facing problems, with no proper bus connectivity to Tataguni.

I, a student of Jyothi Institute of Technology at Tatguni, and several others like me have to go to Konanakunte Cross and then catch a bus to Tataguni. However, there are not many buses to Tataguni from there too and we are forced to wait for long hours.

There are only three or four buses on the direct route number 212. The officials are requested to look into the issue and provide more buses to Tataguni.

Sowbhagya B N

Faulty railway signals

There appears to be some problem with the signalling system between
Bangalore East and Baiyappanahalli, as all incoming and outgoing trains keep honking near the ITC level crossing, disturbing peace in the locality. Will the Railways look into the matter?

S Krishnaswamy,
Cox Town

Restore bus to Jeevanahalli

The BMTC seems to have completely withdrawn route number 126 plying between Jeevanahalli and the Kempegowda Bus Stand. It is high time the service is restored to address the problems of the commuting public. I request the BMTC authorities to press into service some of the latest fleet of buses on routes 126 and 127.

Satyanarayana P

No water supply for a month

Rustam Bagh Layout has not been receiving Cauvery drinking water for more than a month now, although the neighbouring areas such as Kodihalli, Indiranagar and Domlur have been receiving supply regularly. It is observed that the valve regulating the supply at the entrance of the layout has been permanently closed for reasons not known. Will the BWSSB care to look into the matter and arrange for water supply on an urgent basis to mitigate the hardships being faced by the residents of the layout? The complaints lodged with the Water Board are never attended to.

V Padmanabhan,
Rustam Bagh

Thindlu commuters inconvenienced

There are no buses from Kempegowda Bus Station and KR Market to Thindlu between 7 pm and 8:30 pm which is causing a lot of inconvenience to people travelling to Thindlu from far-off places and changing buses at Kempegowda Bus Station. Since the above specified timings amount to peak hours, the frequency of buses plying to Thindlu should be increased. It is also noted that most buses between 6 pm and 6:30 pm tend to finish their day by going to Yelahanka bus depot from Thindlu, as a result of which commuters going to the central areas are forced to change multiple buses from Kodigehalli gate. The frequency of bus no 314, 288E plying from Shivajinagar is also found to be scarce, between 7 pm and 8:30 pm. Therefore the authorities concerned should take immediate action and ensure that more buses ply to Thindlu thereby reducing inconvenience, especially to the elderly.

Rahul R,

Contaminated water supply

Cauvery water is supplied only once in three weeks to residents in Krishna Layout, Hulimavu.

The residents had earlier complained to the authorities through letters, regarding the lack of proper water supply in the area.

The authorities promptly responded to our letters.

Now, we are getting water, but the frequency is too less. Also, it has a bad odour. The water supplied is not fit for any use.

Apart from this, many residents have received unscientific water bills. There is no proper drainage connection to any of the houses in the layout. We contacted the assistant executive engineers concerned, but to no avail. The authorities are requested to do the needful.

K G Vilop,
Krishna Layout

Invisible speed breakers

Having speed breakers in order to slow down the pace of traffic and to regulate traffic is a very smart move. At the same time, in most places, the speed breakers are not at all visible.

This, in fact defeats the whole purpose of traffic regulation. Hope the authorities concerned would take initiatives to paint white or yellow strips on such speed breakers to ensure the safety of people driving on these stretches.

Electronic City Phase I

Cauvery water denied

The residents of 7th Cross, Ramachandrapura, Jalahalli, have not yet received Cauvery water connection while this is already being provided to neighbouring streets, including 6th Cross and 8th Cross.

Though we have paid the necessary deposit and the prescribed fee with the Sujala application form, we have been deprived of water supply. The local corporator has been promising water supply but nothing has been done over the past couple of months. The BWSSB authorities are asked to take action.

Dr Ramaraja Urs,
Ramachandrapura Main Road

Movement of heavy vehicles

Buses and trucks take smaller roads in Telecom Layout despite availability of a wide road connecting Jawaharlal Nehru Centre to Double Road Railway Crossing in Jakkur. This road is intended for heavy vehicular movement as per the layout development plan. However, a majority of the vehicles take the smaller roads such as the 2nd Cross after reaching the dead-end on 2nd Main, causing problems to residents as well as vehicle users. Officials concerned are requested to divert heavy vehicles to the wider road.

Satyanarayana P

Dark drive to airport

There are no streetlights at all on Airport Road, which runs from Raj Bhavan up to Devanahalli.

The entire stretch is pitch dark at night. At some places, makeshift footpaths have come up, but streetlights are yet to be installed. Please note that population and traffic has considerably increased in these areas, and the number of commuters here are further increasing.

Will the people concerned install streetlights to prevent accidents and untoward incidents risking the safety of commuters?

Vijay, Yelahanka

Regulate peak hour traffic

It has become a nightmare to drive on Bangalore roads during peak hours from 9.00 am to 11.00 am and 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. To lessen the traffic during peak hours, it is suggested not to allow heavy duty vehicles (trucks & tempos) on the roads except for garbage trucks and police armoured trucks on government duty. Such heavy duty vehicles should be allowed to ply only during non-peak hours which would help reduce the traffic on Bangalore roads. The officials concerned are requested to look into the matter and make the roads less congested for the convenience of daily commuters.

Anil Rampal

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