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Pedestrian Crossings, Skywalks, Service Road Creation Demanded

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city kempEver since the new one way system came to effect on April 26, the residents living in Survey of India, CPWD Quarters, Kudremukh Colony, Sarjapur Road, hawkers of Madivala Vegetable market,  students of St John’s Medical College and Hospital, and thousands of patients and relatives who come to St John’s, are put to hardship. Last Monday, the residents’ groups from Koramangala met the Minister Ramalinga Reddy and narrated their plight. Also they sought for pedestrian ways and creation of Service Road along Kudremuhk Colony side. The Minister assured to solve the problems and sought for the list of suggestions/alternate solutions.

Residents from various blocks of Koramangala, Kudremukh Colony, Survey of India and from Sarjapur Road in Koramangala met Dr M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Bengaluru City at his office on Saturday to discuss the problems faced by residents due to the recent implementation of one way traffic on Sarjapur Road and Hosur Road.
The residents gave a list of requirements for facilitating an experimental one way on Sarjapur Road. On going through the list, Dr Saleem has assured residents that the changes suggested would be implemented but only after impact studies have taken place on the new one way proposal. The impact studies would commence one month after implementation of the proposal — ie from May 26th onwards.
The following is requirements list submitted to Dr M A Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) by the Koramangala residents
Pedestrian crossings/ skywalks required
l Location at Hosur Road- Sarjapur Road junction:  Pedestrian crossing on Hosur Road and at Sarjapur Road signal.
lIssues:  Free right from Hosur Road into Sarjapur Road to be stopped with red light to facilitate crossing. Free right from Sarjapur Road into Hosur Road also to be stopped with red light to facilitate crossing.
l Location at Sarjapur Road – St John’s Medical College:
lSkywalk — at St John’s Medical College Hospital connecting Hospital with hostel
lUntil Skywalk comes up — Pedestrian Crossing with red light (Pelican signal)
l Water Tank Junction:  Pedestrian Crossing on 100 ft road and on Sarjapur Road signal led.
l Location at Sarjapur Road — SBI ATM Kudremukh Colony
lSkywalk across Sarjapur Road. Until Skywalk comes up — Pedestrian crossing with red light (Pelican Signal)
l Location at Krupanidhi junction — Pedestrian Crossing
lPedestrian Crossing across Sarjapur Road and on Madivala Santhe road. Traffic lights need to change to facilitate the crossing
Creation of Service Road on Kudremukh side
lCreation of Service Road on Kudremukh Colony/ CPWD side
l Service Road should be 1 way in direction from Krupanidhi junction towards water tank.
l No entry sign at Krupanidhi junction. Only ambulances will be allowed to take that route.
l Median continuous except at 2 locations — Kudremukh main gate and CPWD main gate.
Service Road existing – Stretch from Water Tank to St John’s
One way for entry into St John’s
l Service Road from Water Tank junction to St Johns Medical College Gate to be 1 way with entry from Water tank junction towards St Johns Medical College.
l Service Road existing — Stretch from Aishwarya junction to 8th Main Road
l Road is now one way from St Francis School gate to 8th Main Road junction. One way direction needs to be reversed from 8th Main Road towards St Francis School.
Last Monday, another group of residents from Koramangala, Kudremukh Colony and the neighbourhood met the Bengaluru District incharge Minister Ramalinga Reddy at his home office. There they narrated the horrible experience faced by the residents due to continuous flow of vehicles after the one way traffic has been implemented.
The residents also sought the Minister to get erected pedestrian ways and creation of Service Road alongside the Kudremukh Colony and CPWD Quarters. Listening to the woes of the residents, the Minister assured them to get it done and in the same time promised to speak to the authorities in this regard.
Ever since the new one way system came to effect on April 26, the residents living in these localities are put to hardship.
Many residents could not come out of their houses and localities where they have been living for the last several decades.
The new one way system does not allow residents to take their cars and two wheelers out of their houses as the volume and speed of traffic is so huge, says Dr Reji Koshy Thomas, Professor Ophthalmology, St John’s Medical College and Hospital

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