Nayandahalli underpass a breather for commuters

Finally open: The Nayandahalli underpass was thrown open to traffic on Tuesday. The stretch will be officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa after the  panchayat elections. DH Photo

In a much needed relief to the commuters of North and West Bangalore, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) on Tuesday opened to traffic the Nayandahalli underpass and the Railway Under Bridge.

A Rs 89.6 crore project completed in two years, the underpass connects Sumanahalli and Banashankari, thereby completing the ring road in the real sense. The opening of the underpass will optimise the use of Outer Ring Road and reduce the travelling distance by at least by eight kilometre between Sumanahalli and Nayandahalli.

The project was commissioned in June, 2008, but was delayed by a few months because the railway underbridge work was pending. The underpass is 207-metre long and 42-metre wide. The official inauguration is scheduled after the Zilla Panchayat and the Taluk Panchayat polls, by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. 
 
Can save 20 minutes

Earlier, vehicles used to come from Sumanahalli to Kengeri and return on Mysore Road up to Nayandahalli and proceed towards Banashankari. Now they can save at least 20 minutes by taking this direct route.

Opening of this underpass will decongest KIMCO Junction and also the road between Kengeri and KIMCO Junction. Vehicles coming from Kengeri can take free left turn towards Nagarabavi and Sumanahalli to reach Basaveshwara Nagar, Kamakshipalya,

Yeshwanthpur, etc, and avoid going on West of Chord Road via KIMCO Junction.

Traffic from Sumanahalli can move towards Banashankari and vice versa. Nayandahalli Junction will remain affected due to the ongoing Metro work and the traffic will move on the temporary roads during the construction of Metro.

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