On this very Independence Day, we, the people of Bengaluru, are still dependent on quasi-governance structures that we have inherited from the British. Let me not get philosophical, but existing legislative structures ensure that without these layers of beurocracy, we cannot bring even a small change. Is it that we have become more accepting and adjusting?
Part of the problem is we – the citizens, I realise. Many of our fellow Bangaloreans stand at places other than the earmarked bus stands. Also, the corporates do not realise that they are losing quality time of their employee. The corporates do not realise the value of employee attention and activeness during early hours of the day. There is certainly a degree of impact on the creativeness of the employees, if they end up frustrated and late to the office after 10. Also, the same employees leave early from the office in the evenings to beat the traffic.
A wise man once told me that in India politicians have a knack of creating a problem and come up with a taxing solution for the same, and end up making lot of money. We currently do not have real-time statistics of how our tax money is being used for improving the infrastructure. I aim to focus my energy in improvising our existing condition.
Alternative approaches on commuting to Whitefield
1. Can we have a Metro train along the existing Byappanhalli-K R Puram to Hoodi Logistics Area Railway Station? The track is already in place. Why is that we need to lay another elevated Metro track? We can add another track along the existing railway line very easily.
All people commuting to whitefield can take this special train from Byappanhalli to ITPL. We need to lay a simple skywalk platform from Hoodi Logistic area to ITPL.
2. We have more traffic lights installed along the ORR corridor now. For example, at J P Morgan junction, we have a new traffic light for pedestrian crossing. Isn’t it simple to install a skywalk for pedestrians to cross the ORR? Similarly infront of EMC, Bagmane Tech Park, we could have simple skywalks for pedestrian-crossing.
3. Can we bring about awareness within fellow Bangaloreans, not to stand at junctions for quick bus ride, instead go and stand in the designated stops?
4. Can corporates incentivise employees for using company transport and not using their own cars to commute to office? What perks can corporates offer to their employees to accept this change?
5. There is another huge problem which is not foreseen: In an year’s time, the authorities have added additional traffic of 1000 cars to K R Puram Junction. Salarpuria Magnificia Apartments and Commercial Spaces will have 1000 more cars in and out in a day. So be ready to face another hour’s delay in the next one year. Please thank the BDA/BBMP authorities who have approved the project.
7. WFH (Work from Home) – Each company (of whitefield) should promote WFH for a day for its employees in turns, to facilitate decongestion and authorities to work on improvising our infrastructure.
8. Can we have a day where we just ‘DO NOT TURN OUR ENGINES ON?’ The Automobile industry will be up in arms against me. But imagine the gains, if we focus our energies in building alternative fuel energies or electric vehicle. Ofcourse there will be some pain. We are already under pain, what more worse could happen to us? Let’s take a chance, focus on what is important for us and our generations to come!
9. We can create crowd-funded alternative energy ecosystem, by using solar power and netmetering solutions from our own houses. That is the real independence we can visualize. What I realised is we are good at setting other’s house in order, but not our own house. If we cross the pacific, we start being good citizens and start asking more meaningful questions, but here we are used to the chaos.
We need frameworks in place that sense the pulse of the city using real-time sensing platforms, so that our decision makers can make informed decisions. I have putforth a simple form. If you are equally concerned like me, please do share your thoughts!