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Bangalore CTTP for you!

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Ever since we have heard about CTTP for Bangalore, we have always wanted to get our hands on it. We have been anticipating its release and have been grabbing the tidbits that were floating around.

But now Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is over. We, the ever resourceful admins of Praja have been able to get our hands on the full copy and for your convenience have it posted here.

You can start by reading an executive summary here. Once you click on the link, you will see a new menu on your right hand side that links to each of the chapters of the CTTP. It is structured like a book so you can also use the links below each page to navigate.

Now, wear your thinking caps and start analysing the plan.

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tsubba's picture

cttp & praja

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have been going through it and will take a while. but from what i have seen so far, our discussions were in the ball park in most cases and right on the dot on others. i feel very happy about it and makes this all worthwhile. what the plan does is gives us a reference now.
Naveen's picture

CTTP - Good, though some questions still remain

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TS - CTTP + Yr comment well noted. I still think there are a few issues - reverting after review.
Naveen's picture

Dubai Metro - Station Designs

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Hi all ! Please see the designs for Dubai Metro stations at: http://flickr.com/photos/.... I think they are really superb & Bangalore, being a much bigger IT /Tech centre must have something even better, though with scarcity of space along the Metro corridors, it may be difficult to do it on the same scale.
blrsri's picture

keeiping it functional..

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first want to thank Naveen for all the good work thats been happening form his end.. coming to the metro..my mantra is keeping it functional..aesthetics can focus on the good part of bangalore..Gardens! I still remember all the circle islands that we had which used to get decked up for republic day and independence day..like the ones at lalbaugh, hudson circle etc. None of them exist now..all we see is vehicles and more vehicles all the time.. We need to work fast at getting those vehicles off the road and maybe re-instate the circle islands!
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Tunnel road?

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No mention of the subway from Misk Square to Hebbal in the CTTP? What happened to that? The other big issue is behaviour. the behaviour of motorists in Bangalore is appalling. Even if we had 10 lane roads I can bet there would be traffic jams. All the infrastructure in the world won't make a difference if our behaviour does not change. There is not one road in the city where lane driving is enforced. Delhi apparently is a much improved city. Minimum fines I hear start at Rs.5000. Is it true? Srivathsa

Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

blrsri's picture

breakdown towing

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Situation: Nov 19th 2007 9 AM, Just after Benniganahalli Bridge, before the KR puram bridge 10 wheel truck stranded and the driver trying to start the vehicle while two people are below the truck trying to repair! Cops are looking helpless! Result: Traffic coming from Banaswadi side of the ORR totally jammed and all people delayed Solution: One tow truck to move the vehicle to the side! Charge the culprit vehicle owner for towing charges..this is how its elsewhere abroad! This is the case for all roads in Bangalore, we have two operational lanes and they are hoplelessly jammed by a break down truck at the peak hours..isnt this a simple thing to do?
Naveen's picture

Tunnel Road - Scrapped ?

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TOI had posted an article about road-widening & installation of pre-fab underpasses at junctions along the entire stretch from Windsor Manor bridge to Hebbal flyover. This suggests that the tunnel has been scrapped - in any case, it was too much to expect it to have been undertaken as costs are huge + it would have taken too long to implement it + maintenance costs would have been very high (lighting, ventilation, drainage with pumps, etc).
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CTTP Recommendations - Still some weaknesses

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Whilst this is obviously an elaborate study, the recommendations for Mass Transit systems still raises a few questions : Given that installation costs are very high for Metro systems, this mode of travel, offering a great deal of conveniences, is bound to be relatively expensive with higher ticket pricing, particularly in India with lower levels of incomes across a huge section of the population. This may be used for daily /regular commutes by quality seeking commuters, typically high tech professionals, businessmen, traders, office goers, school /college going staff /students, etc. – the same higher income groups that are presently using private motorized vehicles & are sensitive to traffic delays, seek flyovers & make demands for urban expressways – generally the growing middle & upper middle classes. In order to sway them to use this system, the prevalent undercharging for road use needs to be changed in steps with the improvements in public transport. Sufficient deterrents, though politically sensitive, have to be pushed in place (such as road /bridge /fly-over tolls, high parking fees, high vehicle taxes, etc.). The very large no. of salesmen, the delivery men, the unskilled workers & the laborers will obviously still choose to use cheaper public buses, commuter rail or bicycles for their daily commute or errands instead of the more expensive Metro rail, for which some provisions are required to be made. There are limitations for Commuter rail as it can only run where tracks already exist. Similarly, Rapid Bus systems have restrictions since they can be run only where road width is sufficient to provide dedicated lanes. The Metro also has certain restrictions in that they can be run only along wider roads with medians for installing viaducts & stations, since costs for land acquisition are prohibitive, apart from objections & agitation by land losers. Thus, Mass transit corridors, particularly Metro corridors need to be appropriately planned, bearing all these factors in mind. In this scenario, the questions that arise are as follows : 1) New Metro & Monorail Corridors – South East CBD poorly serviced The South-Eastern quadrant of the inner core area (within CRR) does not have any mass transit system cutting through it. Within this quadrant lie important CBD points such as JC Rd (105,000 PCUs), KH Rd (96,000 PCUs), Lalbagh Rd (61,000 PCUs), Corporation /Hudson Circle & Richmond Circle. The very large no. of daily commuters to /around these points will have to resort to road transport after a commute by Metro. A BRT (Rapid bus) corridor through these roads & junctions cannot be provided since there are numerous intersections, & hence no BRT is recommended in the CTTP report. Metro Routing may be possible, though since road widths are adequate. Commuters bound for these areas may choose not to travel by Metro at all as they will have to change over from Metro to road transport or feeder buses that do not have right of way to reach their final destinations, apart from the inconvenience of transfer/s between modes. Thus, it is fair to assume that a sizable proportion of those bound for these destinations will still try to use private modes of transport from their points of origin & local road traffic to these destinations may not reduce by much. The new transit routes can therefore be stated to be ‘Simplicity’ or ‘Easy-Installation’ focused rather than ‘Demand’ focused. If Metro corridor No.5 (Yelahanka~Electronic City~PRR) &/or Monorail Route No.5 (Adugodi~PRR on Bannerghatta Rd) are re-aligned to pass them through this quadrant & connect these important destinations, the system may be far more efficient & this glaring vacuum may be filled out. The situation is quite different in the northern quadrants as several modes of rapid transport cut through them, whilst in the south-west, the area is too small & is, in any case serviced by metro & the rapid bus corridor along the periphery (CRR). 2) New Metro Corridor – East On the eastern side, the Metro corridor from Indiranagar 100 ft road to Whitefield is shown passing along the existing Airport road straight towards Varthur, thence northwards towards Whitefield Commuter R’ly Stn. It may be far more functional if this route turns left at Karunashraya & cuts through Kundalahalli cross, KIADB-EPIP, ITPL & Kadugodi (where most tech companies & residences are situated) before aligning with Whitefield road & integrating with Whitefield CRS station. An additional rapid bus corridor can be easily arranged from Karunashraya to Whitefield CR station &/or PRR via the broad Varthur road to fill the gap there as a result of this re-alignment. 3) Commuter Rail Services Tracks exist for additional Commuter lines from Beniganahalli to Devanahalli & to Dodballapur via Yelahanka, but no commuter services are recommended along these corridors though the track to Yelahanka cuts through the upper North-eastern quadrant outside ORR. One wonders why this track has not been recommended for Commuter Rail services, though it has the potential to cater to a large no. of commuters from these areas. 4) Bus Rapid Transit System For the 14 BRTS corridors (totaling 291.5 kms) identified, on the CRR /PRR /ORR, uninterrupted flows may be possible due to development of grade separators, rail over or under bridges & flyovers, but where it has to pass through signaled intersections no recommendations have been made for automatic priority & right of way for rapid bus, though these can improve performance & reliability, & above all, significantly cut down private transport vehicles on the roads. 5) BRTS – The use of elevated CRR The elevated CRR of some 30 km length is recommended for “private” & “para-transit” vehicles, whilst the ground level carriageways is recommended to be “reserved for public transport” (BRT). Enforcement of at-grade roads for exclusive use of public transport can be far more difficult than doing so for elevated roads. Also, designing infrastructure for right of way for BRTS at intersections, even if this were possible can be challenging & expensive. Thus, one wonders why it cannot be the other way around – re-allocate to provide substantial exclusivity and priority of use to public transport vehicles on the elevated lanes (which would make them highly efficient & reliable), & discourage private vehicles by allocating them the road space below (which has many signaled intersections). The long-held biases in favor of private vehicles need to be broken at some stage, & perhaps this is an opportunity for the city to begin this, & set an example for the rest of the country. 6) Cycle & Pedestrian Facilities Development of cycle facilities seems to have been ignored & neglected. The statement – “In CBD, some side roads and lanes can be exclusively reserved for cyclists and pedestrians in peak periods” is vague & the whole of section 7.11.1 appears to accord very low priority to this important aspect. Whilst there are whole towns in countries such as Denmark, which have abandoned motorized vehicles & adopted non-motorized bicycles & cycle rickshaws for commuting & most cities in Asia have been earmarking protected strips by the side exclusively for slow moving non-motorized traffic, the CTTP falls well short on this count. As many as 78 roads within ORR & 54 roads outside ORR have been recommended for improvements & widening, but there is no focus on allocating road space for providing protected /dedicated strips for cycles /slow-moving vehicles & for wheel-chair access. The welfare of pedestrians, and particularly the welfare of mobility–impaired pedestrians, is being sacrificed, as usual in planning to increase the speed of the flow of vehicles. Cycling is similarly disadvantaged. Without a continuous network of secure infrastructure, people will not risk bicycle travel, & perhaps this is why there are fewer & fewer bicycle users in Bangalore. Despite this, investment in infrastructure for cycling can never be ignored. Thus, the omission of dedicated cycle tracks in road improvement recommendations is both, unfair and inefficient & actually promotes the use of more motorized private vehicles. As has been seen in the city, merely widening a road will leave more meager sidewalk widths for pedestrians, motor vehicles will push off the bicycles, & worst of all, public transport vehicles will lose the battle with the more nimble two–wheelers and cars. In addition, parked vehicles generally are allowed to obstruct movement of public & private vehicles. The attention to Metro rail, Monorail, Commuter rail & road improvements may be the obstacle to doing something tangible to improve the position on the street for non-motorized traffic. A lot more attention needs to be paid for road and street design standards and practices that are walk and bicycle-friendly to conform with international standards & more particularly, for Indian conditions where this cannot be ignored, & actually needs more priority, given that a sizable proportion of the economically weaker population would be effected. Pedestrian facilities have been addressed somewhat better in Majestic area by suggesting /identifying zones. The more dense City market area & surroundings have not been addressed, though this is more pressing & urgent. Shivajinagar & surroundings have also been ignored.
tsubba's picture

towing...

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agree ... wonder if they have any tow trucks. perhaps "outsource". :)

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