By Accommodation Times News Service
By Keshav Morab
Bangalore city has witnessed a sea of changes in the past three decades. There has been a boom in the IT and BT industries which has helped development of suburbia and the growth of population due to the migration of the people from the various parts of the country and in particular from 250 sq kms to about 900 sq kms. The population has been up to 96lakh as of now. The local administration bodies like Bangalore Municipal Corporation, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board, Bangalore Electricity supply Co. have not been able to keep pace with the fast growth of the city. The local administrative bodies have not been able to keep pace with city’s growth in providing the requisite service like water supply, power supply, transport facilities etc particularly in the extensions. The demand for such service is ever increasing and the people continue to suffer.
The growth of Bangalore, so far as area is concerned is not on planned basis. The villages surrounding the city and the local authorities like Panchayats, Town and City Municipal Councils governing the respective areas have merged in Bangalore City Corporation with the roads, buildings tanks etc in whatever conditions they were. The existing roads in those pockets are not suited for today’s requirements. They are narrow and most of them have not been metalled. They are dusty and with huge pot holes and continue to be in the same conditions. Huge funds will be required to make them traffic worthy. In the absence of good roads the connectivity has become a big problem.
The city bus service which has to provide the service is managed by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has not been able to the services to all the places and the remote corners of the city. People in such areas find it difficult to more about from one end to the other; distance about 20 to 25 kms apart. They are forced to have their own conveyance like two wheelers or cars. This has resulted in the growth of vehicles population which is said to be almost five millions resulting in traffic congestion every where.
With the abnormal increase in the number of vehicles the parking has become a big problem. The narrow roads are blocked by parking of vehicles on both sides of the roads and the movement of vehicles has become very difficult and also resulting in increasing accidents. Traffic jams are common in almost all parts of the city. The driving vehicles are no more a pleasure but a nightmare. Traffic management authorities have to take immediate measure to control the situation before it gets further deteriorated. With the ongoing Metro Railway work in the city most of the roads are getting blocked or closed for traffic and the situation is getting more and more worst.
The recent rains have damaged many roads particularly in the low lying areas adding to the woes. When the roads will be repaired and will be pot holes will be filled up and when situation will get normal and traffic worthy remains to be guessed.
In this fast growing developing city, what is growing is only the area and population and of course industrial and commercial activities but not the development of necessary infrastructure. The communication network requires be necessarily prioritizing and taking up for execution. Will it happen and if happens when? Till then connectivity problems will continue and the citizens would continue to suffer.