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Bengaluru today is obviously one of the most sought after cities in the country what with the rapid growth in the IT industry and the rise in the number of job opportunities in the city. With the rising population in the city there is also a corresponding increase in the number of vehicles in the city and a huge increase in the demand on land.

What adds to the traffic pressure in Bengaluru in particular is that there is very little scope for expansion of roads and the need to use existing roads for smooth movement of vehicles is even more pronounced. It thus becomes mandatory for the administration to ensure better parking facilities. So far, the government and the BBMP have not taken this issue seriously and now the situation is such that it needs to be addressed seriously and effectively.

Bengaluru city Traffic at a glance - Numbers speak!

Rapid population growth because of IT and other associated industries in Bengaluru led to an increase in the vehicular population to about 1.5 million, with an annual growth rate of 7-10%.

With the increase in population and the expansion of the city, the problem of connectivity of the populace has arisen. Quite obviously personalized modes of transport have grown at a tremendous rate and two wheelers along with the cars almost comprise 90% of the total registered vehicular population in the city.

Two wheelers constitute more than 70% of the total volume, while cars comprise 15%, autos 4% and the remaining 8% includes other vehicles such as buses, vans and tempos.

Impact of growth on Traffic

• All or most of the roads are operating above their capacity and the volume: capacity ranges from 1:2, 1:3 and 1:5

SL No. Name of Road V/C Ratio
1 Nrupatunga Road 3.62
2 District Office Road 2.51
3 K.G. Road 2.51
4 Lalbagh Fort Road 2.67
5 Puttanna Chetty Road 2.45
6 Richmond Road 2.26
7 M.G. Road 2.26
8 Chord Road 2.51
9 Tumkur Road 2.62
10 Sankey Road 1.52

• Travel speed has dropped to 15 kmph during the peak hours
• Insufficient or no parking spaces for vehicles
• Public transport vehicles vying for road space with private modes

Year Bus fleet size (Nos)
1997 1921
2000 2149
2008 5071
2009 5792
2010 6113

Vehicle Population in Bengaluru City (up to 30-11-2016)

Two Wheelers L.M.V A/R H.T.V H.G.V Others Total
1281525 213910

Vehicle Population in Bengaluru City
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