Here I go again, doing some hate mongering on the subject of flyovers.
Don’t know if you have heard. But Jayadeva Circle flyover has ended up creating 2-3 km long snarls before the BTM 19th main / Outer Ring Road cross. Traffic now gets backed up on top of Anand Rao Circle flyover itself, making me worry if the road bridge there was designed to take up that much ‘standing’ load. And the much hyped yet unfinished Airport Road flyover hasn’t helped commuters much.
Let me tell you plain and simple why flyovers are a bad and wasteful idea within the city.
1) Instead of multiple smaller and manageable jams, they create few large unmanageable jams.
2) They are expensive to build. Airport road flyover cost us Rs 25 crores, Jayadeva Circle one around 22 crores. Installing synchronized signals and recruiting traffic policemen will cost far less. Also, a flyover always creates the need for more in the vicinity, so there are ‘hidden’ costs to building one.
3) Flyovers are harder on pedestrians. Pedestrian walkways, if at all planned on flyovers, make us do some climbing. Since flyovers eliminate traffic lights, pedestrians are forced to take risks and cross through running traffic.
4) Flyovers discourage use of public transport. That is because flyovers are “perceived” to be good to drive on.
5) City gets a bad look. Go to Richmond Circle / Double Road area. Instead of the open and expansive feel of past, you have ugly looking pillars and underbelly of the flyover now.
If you agree with me, please contact BDA (call them, write to them) and tell them not to waste money on flyovers inside the city. All that money is better spent on traffic policing, road widening and traffic lights.