The Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) Bill, 2022

The Karnataka Legislative Assembly recently passed The Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) Bill, 2022. The BMLTA Bill aims to regulate the development, operation, maintenance, monitoring, and supervision of urban mobility within the Urban Mobility Region of Bengaluru

Traffic congestion in Bengaluru is a major concern for the state government. There have been complaints of a lack of coordination between various transport and civic bodies. The National Urban Transport Policy has laid out a framework for the integration of various departments to enable holistic transport planning in cities like Bengaluru

Goals of the BMLTA Bill

  • The BMLTA Bill aims to implement a Comprehensive Mobility Plan for Bengaluru, adopting sustainable urban transport models
  • The legislation also aims to integrate land use and transport planning
  • The BMLTA will introduce measures such as congestion pricing, parking regulations, and special purpose lanes to regulate travel demand
  • The BMLTA will address the overlap in responsibilities and functions of different transport-related institutions and departments in the city

Composition of the BMLTA

  • The BMLTA will consist of 36 members
  • The Chief Minister of Karnataka will be the ex-officio chairman of the BMLTA
  • The BMLTA will include representatives from agencies such as the Bangalore Development Authority and the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority
  • It will also include experts in fields such as urban mobility, corporate governance, and transport economics
  • Civil society organizations, private sector institutions, and academic institutions will also be represented on the BMLTA

Powers and Responsibilities of the BMLTA

  • The BMLTA will have the authority to establish a framework for the engagement of the private sector in the planning, development, and management of mobility services
  • The BMLTA will recommend policy measures and issue permits and registrations for vehicles
  • It will be responsible for preparing a range of transport policies, including a parking policy, a non-motorized transport policy, and a transit-oriented development policy
  • The BMLTA will prepare a traffic management plan at least once a year

Penalties for Non-Compliance

  • Violations of the rules, regulations, orders, or directions of the BMLTA can result in fines of up to INR 1 lakh (approximately $1,400)
  • Additional fines of up to INR 5,000 per day can be imposed for continuing violations
  • Officials from state government departments and agencies can also be punished for non-compliance, with fines ranging from INR 50,000 to INR 5 lakh (approximately $7,000 to $7,000)

Reaction to the BMLTA Bill

  • The BMLTA Bill has been welcomed by residents and organizations in Bengaluru.
  • Some have raised concerns about the lack of representation for suburban areas in the BMLTA and the potential for the agency to become bureaucratic and slow in decision-making.

It remains to be seen how the BMLTA will function in practice and whether it will be able to effectively address the transport challenges facing Bengaluru.

Written by princy

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