Techie Signals a Free MG Road (Published in Bangalore Mirror)

Last week, I had delivered a presentation at the Mobilicity Conference organized by Praja in association with the Center for Infrastructure, Sustainable Transport and Urban Planning (CiSTUP), Indian Institute of Science, on ways to improve Bangalore’s chaotic traffic and infrastructure condition.

One of the proposals in my presentation related to making MG Road and Cubbon Road a signal-free corridor. I am pleased to say that my proposal was featured on the cover page of Bangalore Mirror on November 24, 2009.

Proposal featured in Bangalore Mirror

The complete article can be read here and downloaded here, and my presentation on the same (titled “Tackling Bangalore’s Traffic & Infrastructure Crisis“) can be found here and downloaded here. The pictorial representation of the proposal is given below:

Signal-free MG Road

Please feel free to share your views and comments on the proposals with me.



  1. SrikanthSrikanth04-09-2017

    Hi Vijay

    I chanced upon your signal free MG Road plan. Looks good, But, I could not understand one thing. How will the person coming from St Mark’s road go to Central street. Will he have to go to Minsk Square and turn right? Similarly, Will the person coming from Manipal center be allowed to turn left? It was clear to me. Regards

    • Vijay PadiyarVijay Padiyar04-09-2017

      Yes you are right, they will have to go to Minsk Square and turn right. The excess distance is made up by time and fuel saved which was spent waiting at signals earlier. Note that this idea was proposed well before the metro pillars came up in the middle of MG Road. I am not sure if this is feasible now.

      Not clear about your Manipal Center question. Turn left where?

  2. Ravishanker KusumaRavishanker Kusuma09-24-2011

    Great vijay

  3. Rahul KumarRahul Kumar06-16-2011

    yup i do agree that Bangalore has lost its charm, n no more the GARDEN CITY instead its polluted n crowded city……..i think the infrastructure which is still not planned……..n there r no strict restictions being made against building byelaws….n the metro whichz still d question…..n pity the ruleng govt. which receives no funds r support frm central.

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