EASING URBAN TRAFFIC PROBLEMS – A POSSIBLE APPROACH Bhagwan S R Iyengar The results of Liberalization & or Privatization & or Globalization has brought in tremendous increase in the vehicles plying in the country, mimicking tremendous development in all spheres. Like many others in the country, I also have to travel quite a bit of distance to my work place – about 50km every day. In the process, I have observed many a trend in the traffic- intensity, pattern and have discussed/ analysed the same with my colleagues, family and friends. In all, the view is that the traffic is chaos because of less regard to co-rider, partly inefficient implementation rules and regulation and discharge of duties of police constabulary. In our country, only in Mumbai, largely traffic follows lanes with discipline. Despite the above mentioned facts, a POSSIBLE APPROACH TO EASE THE URBAN TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IS DETAILED: ANY ROAD WHEN EVER AND WHERE EVER TO BE CONSTRUCTED FROM NOW ON IN ANY CITY OR ANY URBAN AGGLOMERATE SHOULD HAVE
“FREE LEFT”. On an average, about 30-35% of the traffic in any junction deviates to the left. But due to NO FREE LEFT TURN the entire traffic builds up, resulting in chaos. So I propose that ALL ROAD JUNCTIONS HOWEVER SMALL OR BIG SHOULD HAVE FREE LEFT TURN FOR THOSE VEHICLES TAKING LEFT AND ACCORDINGLY PROVIDE A DIVIDER IN THE MAIN ROAD TO THOSE VEHICLES (FIG). FURTHER, THE DIVIDER SHOULD BE OF ATLEAST 25M TO 50M OR EVEN 100M SO THAT ONLY THOSE VEHICLES ARE ON THE LANE. AS THE JUCTION’S IMPORTANCE INCREASES OR IS IN THE VICINITY OF CENTRAL PART OF THE CITY, THE BIGGER SHOULD BE THE DEVIATION. For example, the divider constructed to lead left turning vehicles adjoining the Taj Vivanta Hotel - Chief Engineer (Air Force) office along the Tumkur road in Bangalore; wherein earlier normally traffic used to get blocked, now has hardly any traffic blocks.