The Bengaluru Police, on Friday, notified the bus priority lanes along Outer Ring Road on Friday after the project was launched in the morning. The Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao also notified certain stretches as one-ways in order to facilitate the bus priority lane programme.
Bus priority lane aims at creating importance for the use of public transport, especially Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses. The project kick-started along Outer Ring Road between Silk Board and KR Puram on Friday.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao on Friday said that only BMTC buses, ambulances and fire engines will be allowed to ply on the stretch that is marked as a bus priority lane.
“Section 115 of the Indian Motor Vehicle Act that gives power to the state government to restrict the use of vehicles on roads or bridges and IPC Section 188 (disobedience to an order by a public authority) can mean imprisonment for a term of up to six months, or a fine which may be up to Rs 1,000, or both,” Commissioner Bhaskar Rao’s order states.
Bhaskar Rao also notified traffic diversions in KR Puram, HAL, HSR Layout and Madiwala police station limits. The order stated that the bus lanes — planned by BMTC, BBMP, traffic police and the Directorate of Urban Land Transport — are meant to reduce traffic congestion and hence, the rules would be implemented strictly.
Here is a list of one-ways notified by Bengaluru police:
Commuters can now travel only from south to north from Marathahalli Bridge to HDFC Home Loan building. Those intending to travel from north to south along this stretch must take the service road and reach the median near HDFC Home Loan building, which connects to the Kartik Nagar junction and then make a U-turn to ply towards Marathahalli bridge.
Commuters plying from Marathahalli bridge to E-Zone night club can only travel in the north-south direction. Commuters must take the service road and go through the Marathahalli bridge and reach Kartik Nagar junction via the service road, make a u-turn and move towards E-Zone club.
From E-zone to Jeevika Hospital, commuters can only travel in the north-south direction. Commuters travelling in the opposite direction will have to turn right at Jeevika Hospital and reach the service road to Kartik Nagar bus stop, where the stretch meets the main road.
Commuters going from Kadubeesanahalli to Marathahalli Bridge cannot use the Outer ring Road as it has been made into a one way. Commuters will have to take the service road and go up the Kadubeesanahalli bridge and make a U-turn and reach the main road.
Those plying from south to north along the Kadubeesanahalli-Devarabeesanahalli Road will have to take the service road and make a u-turn at Devarabeesanahalli junction and reach Kadubeesanahalli via the Outer Ring Road.
Commuters can travel only in the south-north directions on the service road between Kadubeesanahalli and Marathahalli bridge. Those going in the opposite directions will have to make a U-turn on Marathahalli bridge and then take the service road to reach Kadubeesanahalli.
Commuters can only go from east to west between Silk Board to 14th Main Road, Silk Board junction to Agara and Agara junction to Iblur bus stop.
Motorists will be allowed to commute in the north-south direction from Iblur to Ecospace Flyover. Those travelling from Iblur Lake to Ecospace up ramp flyover can only go in the north-south direction.