2 km drive takes more than an hour – why Bellandur citizens are protesting

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The traffic congestion on internal roads. Pic source: APR Residents

The residents of Adarsh Palm Retreat and surrounding areas in Bellandur are staging a peaceful protest and forming a human chain on August 20th to highlight traffic congestion and pollution in and around their community. This is not the first time that the residents are staging a protest to highlight the pressing issues that have been neglected for long. From time to time the residents have gathered to demand for a livable Bellandur. 


Traffic woes have plagued the residents of Bellandur ever since office buildings have taken over and surrounded them, hindering their access to the Outer Ring Road (ORR). It takes them more than 45 minutes to cover just 1.5 kilometres on internal roads to reach the Outer Ring Road.

A 2km drive takes more than an hour. A screenshot of a recent Uber trip by a resident.
A 2km drive takes more than an hour. A screenshot of a recent Uber trip by a resident.

Residents want the government to get urban planners and experts, execute the right solution (Metro, mini bus, wider roads, magic box or whatever is suitable), show the results and then start new construction in this area. Laws related to congestion, pollution, road width are being side tracked by using the Outer Ring Road (instead of inner roads) as the reference.

Date and Time: 20 August, 2019 from 9am to 10.30am

Meeting points:

  1. Along the RMZ Road from The Bay to the Outer Ring Road, Bellandur
  2. Footpath at Outer Ring Road Eco space and spread towards Bellandur Main road and towards Sarjapur road

Major issues

These points have been shared by residents.

New Constructions: Adding to the already existing woes, RMZ, the real-estate developer behind Ecospace and Ecoworld projects is now coming up with 2 new office buildings with several towers, each with Ground +13 floors, that will bring in approximately another 1,00,000 people to use this single, narrow 40 ft. wide road, right outside the community. The construction is expected to start soon on the demolished hotel plot acquired by RMZ soon. There are also talks of a new third building on the other side of Devarabisanahalli lake too. With all the traffic woes faced today to reach the main road during peak times, these new buildings are are expected to add to that delay. Neither the builders nor the government has put any thought to how traffic is going to be managed after these new building are occupied.

There are no radial roads to  distribute this load and disperse it in different directions. There are no plans to widen the roads and rectify the existing situation and instead more burden is being added to the internal roads causing massive traffic backups.

The traffic congestion on the road that links Adarsh Palm Retreat and Outer Ring Road RMZ Ecoworld.

Threat to life: There have been a number of deaths of our near ones, because of lack of access to medical facilities in time. One resident complained that she had to personally drive her father to the hospital in an emergency as the ambulance was stuck in traffic trying to enter the internal roads. In another instance, the ambulance to cover the entire 1.5 km distance on the wrong side putting oncoming traffic at risk.

The key demands from residents:

  • Access to Outer Ring Road should not take more than 10 minutes during peak hours for Adarsh Palm Retreat residents.
  • In general 5 minutes for a km all around Bellandur. Hopefully, BBMP will step in to fix this.
  • Until the BBMP doesn’t step in to fix the problem, no new construction to start. We are already over capacity.
  • We need solutions in place and RWAs must sign off that they are working effectively before any new development.

This article is based on information provided by residents of Bellandur.

1 Comment

  1. Citizen Matters has been a really good portal in reporting civic issues. But this article does not meet the high standards set by the previous articles published on this portal. Not enough research has been done by its team and feelings of some residents have been passed on as facts in this article. I take this opportunity to raise the concern on the accuracy of the article.
    Adarsh Palm retreat is a scam similar to Adarsh Housing scam is Mumbai.
    BDA is not an organisation of fools that approves any building without proper planning on roads. I have the answer. BDA comes up with several master plans from time to time (for example CDP 1995, RMP 2015, 2031). All these maps are available on multiple websites. Assume that I as a developer were to develop a 200-acre land parcel. To get the plan approved for a layout/group housing, as a first step, I would have to relinquish the land meant for the “future” Public main roads that are marked in the BDA’s master plan that is active at that time. Sobha dream acres and prestige lakeside habitat are two very large and nice projects that have relinquished acres of land to the BDA for these future roads. The roads are yet to come up, but the land is the favour of BDA and whenever BDA gets the budget to develop these roads, the apartments would have nice roads around them and “through” them. BDA properly calculates the load on these roads and only then provides the approval to build apartments. You may well ask how did they even approve so many buildings, flats and villas at Adarsh Palm retreat.
    As per BDA’s Master plan, Adarsh palm retreat has 6 entry/exits. All these have blocked as “private” roads by Adarsh and affiliates. Some officials at BDA at the joint commissioner’s office might have also been involved in aiding this crime. These can’t be private roads and these are meant to be public. Instead of getting these roads opened to public these apartment owners are crying and trying to shift the blame on office goers and RMZ. These apartment owners are majority stakeholders in every death that happens in the area because they are the ones blocking these roads. The roads marked in these maps need to be opened to the public. BDA is sleeping, someone just needs to wake it up. MLA does not care. MP does not care.

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