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