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Karnataka Government Tables BMLTA Bill To Help Decongest Bengaluru

To plan and manage urban mobility in Bengaluru, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on 23rd September 2022 introduced a Bill into the Assembly. Bengaluru's transportation system now consists of a "multipolicy of institutions, departments, and autonomous legislations," hence the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) Bill aims to create a body similar to that of London.

The Bill states that "Many institutions or agencies, such as BDA, BMTC, BBMP, BMRCL, and the transport department, are responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and managing activities relating to urban mobility...causing overlap in responsibilities and functions, which impedes the process of planning and implementing major transportation schemes intended to streamline and improve urban mobility."

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Currently, the BMLTA collaborates with the Directorate of Urban Land Transport as an executive committee (DULT). It will be given legal authority under the Bill. The Bill states that the BMLTA will be led by the chief minister and host all significant decision-making stakeholders under one roof.

To promote "seamless mobility through sustainable urban transport," the BMLTA, which would have jurisdiction over 1,294 sq km of the Bengaluru metropolitan region, will be required to create a "Comprehensive Mobility Plan" that will be updated every five years.

According to the Bill, the authority will also complete its policies regarding parking, non-motorized transportation, transit-oriented development, multi-modal integration, and freight transportation. The "Comprehensive Mobility Plan" will address issues such as infrastructure, road standards, cycling paths, and pedestrians. The BMLTA will create a traffic management plan at least once per year that will include, traffic flow, signal optimization, and corridor- and area-based traffic management plans.

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Anyone who violates the BMLTA's rules, regulations, orders, or directives faces fines of up to Rs. 1 lakh for a first offense and up to Rs. 2 lakh for a second or subsequent violation. A daily punishment of up to Rs 5,000 can be added in the event of continued violation. Government agencies and departments will also face penalties for noncompliance.

Later this year, during the legislature's winter session, the Bill is probably going to be considered for passage.

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