BENGALURU: New Metro routes offer a ray of hope for traffic cops, who are grappling with problems of wrong parking and chaotic traffic. Bengaluru Traffic Police are studying the traffic patterns in several areas following the opening of Namma Metro’s north-south corridor (Nagasandra to Yelachenahalli) for the public.
“We are studying the traffic patterns along Metro corridor to understand if the Metro will help us streamline the traffic flow. However, we will have to wait for a few more weeks to reach a conclusion.
Only then we will be able to find out how many people actually found the Metro ride feasible. Many people are now riding Metro just for experience and analysing the cost factor,” said Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra.
On Monday, officials kept a tab on vehicular movements in their respective police station limits.
A senior police officer from South Traffic division told Express: “We are observing the traffic around KS Layout, JP Nagar, Jayanagar, Banashankari and Yelachenahalli. On Monday, we found less vehicular movements. But, we are not sure if it is a permanent phenomenon.”
An officer from Kumar Swamy Layout traffic police said: “I saw several cars parked at Yelachenahalli Metro station on Monday. Owners must have parked their vehicles before hopping on to Metro. The Metro officials should make proper parking arrangements on the premises.” However, the high parking fees may deter commuters from taking Metro frequently.