Major traffic problems created by Software Companies

On Bannerghatta Road( J P Nagar 3rd Phase) just after the Jayadeva flyover, are a series of IT firms. These firms have appropriated the parallel road behind Bannerghatta Road, the 1st Main Road, adjoining the Mini forest, as a totally illegal parking lot, especially at night and very early in the morning, when the BPO shifts get over.

aOne would not mind if the pick-up vehicles were at least parked neatly on the Mini Forest road, and leave the rest of the small road free for other motorists and road-users to pass. But more and more nowadays, they want to make the stretch between the 80 feet Ring Road and the next cutting a kind of illegal car park. So many vehicles are double- and treble-parked on this small road that vehicles that turn off into 1st Main from the 80 ft Ring Road after the Jayadeva flyover (at the Valtech junction) cannot proceed at all. The drivers are rude and laugh if the motorists ask them to clear some space for them to go.

Morover, the slope from the 80 ft Ring Road to the 1st Main Road has been delberately dug up so that smaller passenger cars cannot negotiate the bumpy gap between the two and will take the next parallel road (2nd Main) rather than get into this one and face the blockage of these call-centre vehicles.

Lots of illegal pushcarts have also sprung up and the clean, pretty MiniForest that the residents love is being turned into a garbage dump. This is happening very regularly.

Amongst the offending companies are Progeon, OnMobile, Valtech, Exim, and Potential. What are the managements of these compaines doing against such malpractices? Do they feel that the behaviour of these drivers and how the vehicles are parked are nothing to do with them, and that the public road can be commandeered in this boorish fashion?

Our IT czars spout a lot of hot air about corporate responsibility and being environment friendly, but they are no different from anyone else when it comes to misusing public spaces and appropriating it for their own use, and preventing the general public from using what is rightfully theirs.

And when one is a large corporate presence, and has money and clout, where will the voiice of a private motorist or road-user prevail against them?

If even one reader is able to alert one of these IT companies (that’s why I named them), and something can be done about this major nuisance, I would county the time I have spent writing this well-spent.

11 Comments so far

  1. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 5:23 am

    deepa great post.
    some pics in support of this could go a long way.
    mebbe we can all petition company heads and relevant govt agencies.


  2. silkboard (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 11:42 am

    Nice post, but Deepa, don’t just blame (Gowda style) software companies here. Almost every other business does this. A standout example is Innovative Multiplex in Marathahalli. They use ORR and the service roads as their parking lot. I bet they didn’t pay for construction or maintenance of either.

    It goes back to those building norms. There are rules for businesses on how much parking space they need to construct depending on number of employees or customers they have/expect. The problem is a combination of outdated norms and folks not following whatever these are.


  3. MP (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    I would not be surprised if these guys have the blessings of the political machinery. After all this is happening right opposite Kumuru’s house.


  4. silkboard (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

    Again, the tendency to blame political machinery and all that, and that too straight up to HDK!

    There are two sides to it. Businesses not being serious about the norms and by-laws and such. And the city government isn’t equipped (short-staffed?) or serious enough about enforcing them.

    Please don’t see big political conspiracies into everything. Things tend to be simpler than that.


  5. Hari (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 5:54 pm

    One suggestion :
    All the companies carry a board at the back that says ” Problem with the driver Please call xxxxxxxx ” . Have you tried calling any one of the numbers to check the response .

    Can you try calling the number and post the response as a feedback

    –Hari


  6. LATHA (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 6:14 pm

    And the foot paths have become parking placessuch that u wont be able 2 walk on them. these vehicles which are obstructing others should be fined heavily.


  7. silkboard (unregistered) on April 9th, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

    Hari, I have called those numbers. A guy picks up and asks for vehicle number. Then he’d say “we will talk to the driver”. Thats it.


  8. Dev (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 9:37 am

    I agree on the lack of basic civic sense here. Most of the companies mentioned in the post here are BPO companies. IT companies have been around since the 1990’s and this city never had a problem. Around 2002 – 2003, BPO companies started setting up shop and since then traffic problems started plaguing this city

    The drivers of these cabs/ buses are totally insensitive to other road users

    A lot wiill do good if the authorities regulate these private transport arrangement by BPOs

    And Hari, I have called these numbers too and the response is pathetic


  9. Dr.Kumaresh (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 12:31 pm

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  10. Nighstalker (unregistered) on April 10th, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

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