Bollards should be removed on ORR sections where Namma Metro works are in progress
The bollards, which physically delimit the priority lane for buses (BPL), on the outer ring road (ORR) which have recently been accused of obstructing the roadway and causing accidents on the sections where the Namma metro construction works are in progress will be canceled until the metro works are completed.
A decision to this effect was recently taken at a senior officials meeting with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), following the recommendation of Bengaluru City Highway Police.
“We have asked the contractors to temporarily remove all terminals until the end of the metro works. Over the next two days, all bollards will be removed,” said BR Ravikanthe Gowda, Co-Commissioner (Traffic).
However, the BPLs for which bollards and barriers have been introduced as a deterrent for two-wheelers and vehicles, will continue to remain operational. Traffic signs will be used and only physical barriers separating it from the roadway will be removed, officials said. It will also reduce traffic congestion and travel time on the ORR, it is hoped.
The decision was made just over a week after motorist Mathew Joseph, 47, was killed in an accident near Devarabeesanahalli. He was riding near the BPL when a high-speed freight vehicle overturned his bike. He slipped and fell under the steering wheel of the vehicle and suffered serious head injuries. Many motorists blamed the bollards for the accident, following which there were calls for them to be removed along the entire stretch, and not just where work on the Namma Metro was in progress.
Due to the construction of the metro along the median, the width of the road has been reduced. “The Namma Metro works have already narrowed the carriageway on ORR, which has one of the highest traffic densities, especially at peak times. The problem with the bollards is that most two-wheelers were trying to change lanes between the bollards and even four-wheelers and buses had hit the bollards, damaging them,” Mr Gowda said.
Traffic police will oversee the movement of traffic on these stretches and ensure that buses have priority in bus lanes. The decision will be reviewed after eight months, sources said.