As per report in the media, the average speed 35 km per hour in 2005, slowed down to 9.21 km in 2014 and today it is 4-5 on the city’s key Outer Ring Road in Bengaluru is an extremely alarming picture. Traffic expert M N Srihari estimates that besides an average citizen spends more than 240 hours stuck in traffic jam every year and traffic delays cost the city $950 million is a great enormous economic loss. Add to this cost of the increasing fatalities, increase in fuel consumption due to slow speed and idling at traffic signals the amount will substantially increase , It is not as if the authorities were ignorant of this as traffic experts have been warning of this impending situation but the tragedy is that the government have misplaced priorities blind to the long time effect and investing in short term of goal in projects like long steel bridge which only helps to transfer the traffic density from one place to another causing ripple effect elsewhere. Unless the government sets up a high level committee comprising experts in all disciplines, Bengaluru faces a complete traffic chaos and silicon valley will become a story of the past. This is also a timely warning to authorities in Mysuru.
H R Bapu Satyanarayana, Mysuru