State mulls staggered timing to tackle Whitefield's woes

State mulls staggered timing to tackle Whitefield's woes

The State government is considering to introduce staggered timing to ease traffic in the Whitefield area here.

Additional Chief Secretary (Urban Development) T M Vijay Bhaskar is scheduled to meet representatives of the Whitefield Area Commerce and Industries Association (WACIA) next week to hold talks on the plan. “Even a 15 min gap will ease traffic,” Vijay Bhaskar told Deccan Herald. 

WACIA general-manager A K Sugunan, however, was skeptical of the move and said that it may not provide any solution unless planned. “We have to see how to go about it,” he said, adding that there were talks about this.

Sugunan said several companies are already following the staggered timing model, depending on the countries they are offering services to, like Europe and the US, among others.

Little action
Meanwhile, a little over a month after promising to ease traffic in the Whitefield area by allowing public access through tech parks connecting the missing road network, the State government is yet to act. 

The government stated that they are waiting for feedback from local civic associations after talking to tech parks.

Associations, however, said that the government should talk to tech parks and persuade them to open their roads for public.

Associations under the banner Whitefield Rising identified that access through Kalyani Tech Park on Brookfield Road and Bagmane Tech- Park on Outer Ring Road (ORR) will ease traffic.

R K Misra, who is involved in with Whitefield Rising, says public access through Kalyani Tech Park will connect EPIP to Kundalahalli via iGate avoiding extremely congested Graphite India junction road.

Similarly, allowing vehicles through Bagmane World Technology Centre will connect ORR with EPIP and ITPL via Graphite India, he pointed

Kalyani tech park, however, has declined to open its roads for public saying it is a private road, Misra said, alleging that the line of argument by the tech park was incorrect as BDA doesn’t allow gated communities. “All these parks are approved by the BDA. The problem is that no one (in the government) is pushing the issue forward,” he said, adding that the government should have by now initiated talks and directed tech parks to open their roads.
DH News Service

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