Bengaluru traffic police’s traffic plan in Madiwala: Will it work?

Traffic rearrangement at Adugodi and Madiwala. Pic: BTP Facebook page

The new one-way system around Madiwala market introduced by the traffic police in response to the growing challenges of mobility in the area shows how, when we don’t have a macro plan, we end up making a series of small adjustments, maybe out of necessity, but not always connected to each other. Here is the link to the image showing the new plan. 

Traffic rearrangement at Adugodi and Madiwala

Bengaluru traffic police have introduced a one-way system in Madiwala and Adugodi traffic station limits to avoid the traffic congestion and to pave way for the smooth flow of traffic. The system has been implemented on a pilot basis with effect from April 26th 2015.

  • Traffic movement from Madiwala police station to Sarjapur Road junction and Silk Board junction to Madiwala check-post will be allowed as before, however, the movement of vehicles from opposite direction will be restricted.

  • Restricted traffic from the opposite direction, i.e the vehicles moving from Madiwala check-post to Silk Board junction will be diverted at Sarjapur junction. They can connect to Hosur road (to reach Silk Board junction), via Koramangala water tank-Krupanidhi Junction-Madiwala market.

  • Vehicles moving from Madiwala check-post to Maruti Nagara, can go through Sarjapur road, take a right turn at Koramangala Water tank and yet another right turn at Kendriya Sadana.

  • Traffic coming from Agara and Jakkasandra to Madiwala check-post on Sarjapur road, is restricted near Krupanidhi junction. The vehicles should then travel via Madivala market to Madiwala police station junction and take right turn to join Madiwala check-post.

  • Traffic moving from BDA Complex to Madivala and Silk Board, has to compulsorily take a left turn at Water tank junction and join Madiwala-Hosur road via Krupanidhi junction.

  • Provision to take right turn at Koramangala Water Tank junction has been banned, hence the vehicles going from BDA Complex to St John’s junction should travel straight from Water Tank junction and take a right turn in front of Kendriya Sadan to join Madiwala Main road.

(Inputs from Akshatha M)

(a) The underpass at Ayyappa Temple junction, which was built at some cost, is actually not necessary now, since there is no intersecting traffic at this location anymore.

(b) The bus bays built on the east side of Hosur Main Road are also not necessary, since south-bound flow of vehicles is now blocked. Likewise with the north-bound service road, which probably turns into an informal parking zone. So also with bus shelters along the north-bound direction on Sarjapur Road.

(c) Vehicular movement will be speeded up by this arrangement, no doubt, but pedestrian movement could be impeded, because of higher speeds of vehicles. We’re seeing some of this in the Whitefield experiment too.

(d) The market itself may become less accessible to its largest base of customers—those who come on foot from the western side.

There is tremendous pressure on the police to do ‘something’ in such local areas, but sadly, it is not they who can fix these problems. The ‘flow management’ solutions are actually band-aid at best, and we may soon discover this. My guess is that a new set of challenges will emerge around the Water Tank junction. But there is no point blaming traffic police for work that BDA, BBMP and BMLTA should have done, to prevent this situation from coming up in the first place.

At the planning level, we need to do two things – create a primary arterial network for radian and circumferential movement, and separate movement on this network from neighbourhood-level (i.e. grade-level) movement. Unfortunately, the proposals of the Decongestion Committee to address the key choke points in the city (at Silk Board, Ecospace, KR Puram, Marathahalli, etc) along these lines were left out of the budgetary allocations for the city.

Having missed that bus, we are now making the bus bays too unusable, among other things! Wait for the Metro next at Silk Board, and the BRT that originates there – more ad hoc’ism awaits us with each new ‘development’.

Ashwin Mahesh
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Ashwin Mahesh has been involved in public policy for Bengaluru through his work with the Karnataka government. The views expressed here are his own. He is a member of the Lok Satta party. He is also CEO of Mapunity Information Services, and a director at Oorvani Media, publisher of Citizen Matters and India Together. He is also a visiting faculty with the Centre for Public Policy at IIM Bangalore.

1 Comment

  1. I feel once the one way arrangement was done, the traffic was much smoother. But later some further modifications are done which are creating some mess:
    1.The 500 mtr stretch from Krupanidhi college towards St. John’s hospital has been made both way. This is resulting some caos at Krupanidhi Junction mainly during the evening. This might be facilitating some Govt offices & few esidents of that stretch, but I guess majority of the public who commute that way are facing more trouble.

    2. The road construction near madiwala maket is in progress for more that 2-3 mnths now. No idea why is it taking so long. Half of the road is closed & the condition of other half is poor. It taks almost 4mins to 1 hr to cross the stretch between St Johns signal & Madiweala police station.

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