Going around in circles

CHANGING ROUTES

Going around in circles

Hurdle: One of the boards in the City indicating road diversion.

The traffic in the City is increasing by the day.

Compounding this, the major road diversions implemented everywhere have added to the woes of every Bangalorean.

The 60 kilometre stretch in the entire City, where the Metro work is in progress, has been seeing many developments over the last two years.

Says Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police, “The arterial roads connecting Byappanahalli and M G Road, Hesaraghatta and Malleswaram, Mysore Road and Magadi, have had road diversions for two years now. These diversions will go on till the Metro Rail starts running. In addition to this, there are fresh diversions taking place in various parts of the City like Cubbon Road, Minsk Square and near Vidhana Soudha. These have been done to facilitate the underground Metro project near these places.”

But this has hampered traffic in many places. The BMTC bus drivers face a major hassle as the buses are not allowed to ply on the roads where Metro work is going on and are forced to take the crossroads.

This in turn causes inconvenience to people who travel by buses as they do not know where to wait.

Says Sandesh, a resident of Rajarajeshwarinagar, “I usually travel on the RV Road near Jayanagar and because of the roadblocks, I face many problems. Due to the work going on in this area, a lot of roads have been closed. So the bus takes a different route everyday making it difficult for people to commute. After 6 in the evening, the traffic problem worsens and a normal journey of 20 minutes takes about an hour which is extremely frustrating.”

Kiran, a student of NIFT adds, “The road before the NGEF signal is always blocked as there is traffic coming in from Old Madras Road, CV Raman Nagar and Indiranagar. So the road, which is just about 60 feet wide, is a two way causing a lot of traffic problems.”

“Also because of the Metro, instead of taking a left towards NGEF, we have to take a detour. And the tarred road has become more like a mud road because of all the dust collected on it due to Metro work. Though no major accidents have taken place here, it can cause a lot of bikes to skid,” he says.

Another area where Kiran has faced traffic problem is Yeshwanthpur, where the flyover leading to Tumkur Road is under construction.

He says, “The flyover work is going on right in front of the Metro Cash and Carry, which is a major hotspot and thus causes a lot of traffic. Moreover, people are always crossing the railway station so those travelling by cars and bikes have to take a U-turn instead of just taking the straight road.”

Most Bangaloreans face similar difficulties everyday due to the different development projects going on in the City and one can see no solution to this never-ending problem.

Says Ronald, a student, “Road construction work is going on almost in all parts of the City and we shouldn’t be complaining about this because it is done to improve the state of the roads which is a good thing.”

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