A meeting to help rewrite the story of Bengaluru traffic

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From Davanagere to Denmark, they discuss namma traffic.

From Shivamogga to Sunnyvale, silk board has a reputation.

But how did we get here?

Could it have been avoided?

We believe so. Unlike any other metro, Bengaluru did not get the benefits of a mass public transport system in all these years.

Bus is our only lifeline carrying nearly 45 lakh passengers every day – with hardly 6500 buses and no attention given to it. We have the highest bus fares in the country!

Metro is being built now and it will take another six years before it connects most of our city.

Our priorities weren’t right. We chose to do all the things the doctor said NO to. We built roads, flyovers, elevated corridors.

Good intentions perhaps but bad outcomes.

We can see it, we can breathe it, we can curse it every day.

The traffic. The pollution.

One is visible. The other is a silent killer.

Therefore we think we need to stand up at least now.
Before more expensive mistakes are made.
Before the air gets even thicker.
We owe it to ourselves to give it a shot.

We must come together and DEMAND public transport. That means massive investment and energy to build it out. That means making the bus go faster. The local trains start running. Footpaths get built. Walk signals get installed. Cycling made safer.

Many people are unaware of the history. Unaware of the data. Unaware that flyovers are not the solution, as history and traffic congestion today shows it.

Here’s ನಮ್ಮ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಟ್ರಾಫಿಕ್ ಕಥೆ – the story of Bengaluru traffic – and here’s an appeal to everyone of you to join the volunteer meeting on Saturday 5PM at Jain University, Palace Road to discuss what we, the ordinary citizens, of Bengaluru can do about this.

Don’t come because we are asking.

Do come if you think it is a cause worth giving your time for.

Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/278254052907224/

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About Srinivas Alavilli 12 Articles
Srinivas Alavilli believes that our governance will get better if more ordinary people get involved in a visible way. For too long, we have been mute spectators and we are now paying the price. Srinivas is passionate about bringing people together in new and effective ways to aggregate the voice loud enough that #PeoplePower can be heard loud and clear in the power corridors. Srinivas is one of the founding members of Citizens for Bengaluru that fought successfully against the proposed steel flyover project with the #SteelFlyoverBeda citizen movement. From being called 'beda brigade' CfB moved into 'Beku' mode, with #ChukuBukuBeku (local trains) and #BusBhagyaBeku (city bus) in an effort to make public transport a priority for our policy makers and more and more citizens demand it. In the past, Srinivas was one of the founders of Corruption Saaku! an anti corruption movemend that led to the India Against Corruption (IAC) and actively campaigned for new age candidates in local and state elections contesting on Loksatta Party. Apart from civic issues that he is currently deeply engaged in, Srinivas is passionate about fixing malnutrition and education as he believes that creating equal opportunities and a level playing field is a duty that all of us must take seriously.

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