Roads…Along, Above and Beneath!!

Seems the priorities for the city infrastructure getting serious day by day…here is the latest!!

The state government is planning to construct a 3.5-km high-speed four-lane underground tunnel in Bangalore to ease traffic congestion in the northern corridor of the burgeoning city.
The government has sanctioned Rs 500million to the Greater Bangalore Municipal Corporation as a first step for constructing the underground tunnel from Minsk Square to BDA office near the Cauvery junction in the city.

We heard, New roads, four laning of existing major roads and seen few widening facts, the outer IRR’s also been on radar, the famous flyovers to roads above the drains, the B-TRAC program…now seem the turn of roads going beneath!!
The city seems to have a road to everywhere…the ‘Prithvi-lok’, the ‘Swarga-lok’ and now the ‘Patal-lok’!!

4 Comments so far

  1. NParry (unregistered) on March 19th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    If all these “lokas” don’t materialize, the only recourse is Naraka Loka!

  2. M O H A N (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    Looking at our track record, its the lack of civil sence that smacks every good plan.

    Just imagine a overturned goods carrier in the middle of the tunnel and how we will be able to rectify that, not to think of maintainence free lorries which are overloaded and brakedown!!

    Worse what if there is a fire accident. Our record with that is just simply great!

    Finally rain water may find its way there when it rains cats and dogs!!

  3. Ramkumar (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    Couple of points:

    If you take a step back and think – the pace in which new roads, tunnels and infrastructure projects are announced – is bordering impractical. It’s very easy to issue a press release about planning for one. Delivering the same is an altogether different deal.

    Also, if you look at the “tunnel” proposal to de-congest Bangalore. IMO, this is bordering stupidity. If one is serious about de-congesting the city – then the government babus should get serious about developing viable satellite towns. The likes of the metros should extend to provide for these satellite towns rather than just ferrying around the crowd from one part of congested Bangalore to another.

    Lastly, on what basis did the government choose this stretch for the “tunnel road”. I’m sure it’s the minister’s whims and fancies.


  4. Sanjay Pandey (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

    All these Plans to have roads, then some more roads and finally to have more roads remind me of an incident which happenned in my house.

    My son was creating a container of paper with old and crumpled paper. It tore from one place, he applied adhesive tape, then it tore from another, he applied another tape and so on till the container was completely made of adhesive tape on paper. His justification for using the old paper was that he is saving cost by not using a new one.
    As we can all see, it is a childish attempt (he is all of 8 years old).
    These plans also look like the plan by my son to me. Only difference being that the planners are not 8 year olds but behaving like 8 year olds.

    They are not trying to answer the core issue. The core issue is that Bangalore was never meant to have such a density of population. It neither has sufficient underground water to support it nor sufficient trees to take care of the pollution generated. The roads which are there are sufficient for the quantum of population which Bangalore can support.
    Making more roads is just patching up the city. The ecological cost will be huge but again we are not worried, because the ultimate price for this will be paid by the coming generations and not us.
    The solution of Ramkumar makes more sense as that will spread the population pressure around.

    Moreover, it is high time that we stopped creating pockets of growth and instead spread the growth all around.

    Just a wish, imagine a scenario.

    Infosys + 20 more IT companies in Bangalore.
    Oracle + 20 more IT companies in Mandya.
    IBM + 20 more companies in Mysore.
    Microsoft + 20 more companies in Mangalore.
    and so on.

    What will we get?

    An uniform growth all over the state along with no congestion and overloading on any one place.
    The local economies of these places will also grow as the IT professionals will be spending in all of these places. The local farmers and others will also be benefitted as they will be directly able to sell to the consumers.

    We can also shift the other industries also.
    And the ecological impact will be much lesser.

    In the existing scenario, we are working successfully towards making Bangalore a desert area while very conveniently forgetting that it is the climate of Bangalore which brought all of us here from different parts of the country. Aren’t we killing the golden goose.

    So friends, in my humble opinion, we should be launching a movement telling government that,

    “Bring back the trees”
    “Spread the Industry”
    “No more asphaltisation of land”

    For those, who will start screaming that IT and other industries will go away from Bangalore, stand back and think.

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