No solution in sight

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No solution in sight

Along with the traffic congestion and the increasing number of vehicles on the road, yet another problem faced by the pedestrians in the City are the long stretches of roads without signals, zebra crossings, skywalks or underpasses making them risky to cross, especially with the traffic moving at high speed.

There are examples of this in every area — the stretch near Mallya Hospital; the
Residency Road strip from the end of St Mark’s Road to St Joseph’s College; the road outside Palace Grounds and the Marathahalli junction on Outer Ring Road to name a few. One option is building more skywalks, though even this has their own share of pros and cons.

“On one hand, there is no skywalk to cross over the road and on the other, speeding vehicles don’t slow down to let pedestrians pass. I’ve seen this occur on the Old
Airport Road as well as around Palace Grounds. It’s about time the Bruhat
Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) charts out a solution. Road widening, coupled with better underpasses, could be one way out of this mess,”
says Shantanu Verma, a resident of Whitefield.

However, he feels that an alternate solution must be
devised given that senior citizens and the physically handicapped find it difficult to climb these skywalks. Prathibha Rajesh, a homemaker, also identifies with the problem.

“I’ve noticed a few areas, like Sampige Road, that have traffic for really long distances without any break for signals. But a skywalk wouldn’t be that useful especially because senior citizens also cross the roads at such spots. Instead, if there was a pedestrian-friendly signal that could be operated at regular intervals, it could be of some help,” she suggests.

What is even scarier is when pedestrians make a run to cross these busy roads, which often results in bad accidents if one isn’t careful.

Anushruti Saha recalls meeting with an accident while attempting to cross
the road in front of Bishop Cotton Boys’ School.

   “The accident happened last year. The traffic police had stopped the cars for students to cross. But the car was coming really fast towards me and before I could run, it just went over my feet and I fell down. The driver didn’t stop and he just got away with it,” shares Anushruti.

“A zebra crossing in the middle of such roads or a monitored signal will be really helpful, despite the presence of the traffic police,” she adds.

However, authorities refute these suggestions saying that pedestrians don’t even use the skywalks that are already in place. “When the existing constructions are not being used, we do not want to invest money making more of them. We are working on traffic
regulation and adding signals where needed,” notes a Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) official, who did not wish to be named.

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