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Study suggests checks on heavy goods vehicles, protests

Study suggests checks on heavy goods vehicles, protests

NWKRTC officials prepare study report under IUT programme

 

When much is being talked about de-congesting the traffic at the busy Kittur Chennamma Circle in the City, a team of North-Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) officials has conducted a study in this regard, and has recommended measures including restricting the movement of goods vehicles, protests, and parking of private vehicles, and shifting long-route buses out of old bus stand.

As part of ‘Leaders in urban transport’ programme of the Delhi-based Institute of Urban Transport (India) (IUT) working under the purview of Union Ministry of Urban Development, four officials from the NWKRTC have conducted a study on traffic de-congestion at Kittur Chennamma Circle, and have come up with suggestions of immediate and long-term measures, regulatory and enforcement measures, and pedestrian-friendly
measures.

Based on the findings of the study, which also considered data provided by different departments, the NWKRTC officials have also suggested construction of pedestrian subway and zebra-crossing with pelican signal.

Suggestions

Clearing encroachments, making suitable traffic diversions and one-ways, drop and pick-up zones for autorickshaws, promoting public and non-motorised transport, footpath construction, restricting heavy vehicle goods movement from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, and prohibiting protests at the circle area are among the major recommendations.

In support of the NWKRTC’s plan to shift the operations of long-route buses out of the old bus stand, the study has observed that shifting of 1,244 express buses would reduce 33% of bus traffic at Chennamma Circle area. Meanwhile, it has also suggested to rationalise City bus routes.

As a way forward, the study has also suggested implementation of modern traffic intelligence system, shifting of new activities to periphery of the City, and to de-congest six intersections connecting Chennamma Circle.

NWKRTC Hubballi-Dharwad City Transport Divisional Controller Vivekanand Vishwajna, Belagavi Divisional Controller Mahadev R Munji, Hubballi Divisional Traffic Officer Ashok Patil, and Assistant Traffic Manager R L Kumaraswamy were in the study team.

IUT’s urban transport planner Vijaya Rohini Kodati was the mentor for this project work.

The study team members submitted the study report to NWKRTC Managing Director P Rajendra Cholan here on Tuesday.

“This study was conducted in a duration of nearly six months. We chose this subject under project work assigned by the IUT. While suggesting de-congestion measures, the cost efficiency, and promotion of public transport were also given due attention,” said Vivekanand Vishwajna.

This report has been approved by the IUT, and we have also submitted it to the Hubballi-Dharwad Mahanagara Palike (HDMP), and Hubballi-Dharwad Police Commissionerate, he added.