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Reclaim the Road – Roads belong to people not cars

Peoples Voice on November 29, 2014 - 1:26 am in Culture

Bengaluru Traffic makes it impossible for people to walk.

On an average, 350 pedestrians every year have been killed in road accidents in Bengaluru over the last decade. Most of these deaths are completely avoidable. People are killed as our government wants cars to run at high speed at the cost of pedestrian safety. Huge sums of public money is spent on building flyovers and underpasses to facilitate faster and smooth movement of cars. This makes road crossing very dangerous or difficult for bus travellers and pedestrians – making them victims of road accidents, forcing them to use dark-dirty-unsafe pedestrian under passes or forcing them to climb over bridges that are very high. It is particularly difficult for people with disabilities, senior citizens and children to use pedestrian subways/ over bridges. People on wheel chairs can’t use these facilities at all.

HEBBAL FLYOVER and RAILWAY CROSSING: Pedestrians don’t matter

Thousands of bus travellers and other pedestrians struggle everyday to cross the railway track under the Hebbal flyover – to catch trains in Hebbal Railway Station or buses from 5 bus stops on ring road/ airport road, or to change from buses between Airport road and ring road. The flyover facilitates smooth railway crossing for cars BUT for bus travellers and other pedestrians there is not even an underpass or over bridge. Bus travellers risk their lives at this dark-dirty-unsafe-mosquito ridden railway crossing next to a garbage dump. It is particularly difficult for people with disabilities, senior citizens and children to cross this and people on wheel chairs can’t cross this railway track. Bus travellers need to walk more than 500 meters to change buses between Airport road and ring road. Hebbal is a clear example of using huge public money for small number of car travellers at the cost of a large majority of people – pedestrians and bus travellers.

The story is the same everywhere in Bengaluru. The Outer ring road, flyovers and underpasses that facilitate faster movement of cars make it hard to cross roads for the large majority of bus travellers and make them walk long distances to change buses. This is nothing but development for a few rich people at the cost of the large majority of ordinary people. It is time for us to say change this and demand our rights – safe and easy ways to cross roads/ railway tracks, change buses, to walk on wide footpaths in such a way that a person on a wheel chair can do all this and can get-in/get-out/travel easily in a bus/train. Lets say NO to this injustice by BDA, BBMP, BMTC, Indian Railways and Karnataka Government. To assert people’s right over the roads, flyovers join us in walking on the Hebbal flyover along with senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people on wheel chairs.

The story is the same everywhere in Bengaluru. The Outer ring road, flyovers and underpasses that facilitate faster movement of cars make it hard to cross roads for the large majority of bus travellers and make them walk long distances to change buses. This is nothing but development for a few rich people at the cost of the large majority of ordinary people. It is time for us to say change this and demand our rights – safe and easy ways to cross roads/ railway tracks, change buses, to walk on wide footpaths in such a way that a person on a wheel chair can do all this and can get-in/get-out/travel easily in a bus/train. Lets say NO to this injustice by BDA, BBMP, BMTC, Indian Railways and Karnataka Government.

Reclaim the Road – Roads belong to people; not cars

Sunday, 30 November, 2014

11 AM: WALK from bus stop on Airport road (opposite Hebbal Police Station)

12:30 PM: PUBLIC MEETING at the entrance of BDA Mini Forest (Hebbal Ring Road)

To assert people’s right over the roads, flyovers JOIN US in walking on the Hebbal flyover along with senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people on wheel chairs

Organised by: Alamba Charitable Trust, AIKYATHA (Akhila Karnataka Vayovruddhara Okkoota), Bengaluru Slum Janara Sanghatane, FEDINA, Karnataka Vikalachethanara Sanghatane, Praja Rajakiya Vedike, Samara, Samara Society Yeshwanthapura along with Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike

For more information contact:

95915 40181, 94839 50202, 97406 58824

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