According to a recent research by traffic expert M N Sreehari and his colleagues, Bengaluru is suffering from a serious traffic congestion issue that has caused an alarming economic loss of  Rs 20,000 crore yearly. The city's traffic problems have hindered productivity and significantly slowed shipments for small and medium-sized businesses, which has had an effect on overall economic growth.

According to the report, the city still experiences transport problems despite having 60 completely working flyovers because of a lack of infrastructure and disproportionate long roads relative to the growing number of vehicles on the road.

The population of Bengaluru has increased to 14.5 million, and there are now about 1.5 crore vehicles on the roads. This imbalance between population growth and infrastructure expansion has resulted in traffic jams, delays, longer travel times, and significant economic losses.

This tragedy has had a significant negative impact on Bengaluru's IT industry, which is the engine of the city's economy. Traffic delays cause workers to lose a lot of time at work and cause serious productivity losses. According to the report, traffic-related problems have cost the IT industry alone almost Rs 7,000 crore in losses.

The report also highlights the negative impact of traffic congestion on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These businesses have trouble meeting delivery dates, which causes delayed shipments and dissatisfied customers.The city's economy is then negatively impacted exponentially, with losses of almost Rs 3,500 crore.

The study suggests a multifaceted strategy to deal with these problems. In order to prioritise road space for traffic and maintain pedestrian safety, this involves looking at underground transportation systems, notably for metros and government buses, as well as preventing parking on the sides of the road.

The paper also recommends using one or two circular routes, metro rail, and linear railway lines to complement current vehicle traffic.The report highlights the need for greater public transport, such as high-capacity buses, monorails, and metros, while discouraging the usage of private transportation systems.

It was also advised to apply artificial intelligence, introduction of robotics and informatics for road users, and implement a Variable Message System (VMS).

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