Now, VIP road more traffic friendly

Now, VIP road more traffic friendly


Lalitha Mahal road popular as VIP road in the city has acquired a new and glowing look.

The nearly 3.5 km stretch of the road from M L Somasundaram Circle near Mysore Race Club to ‘Y’ crossing near Hotel Lalita Mahal Palace, it has been transformed into a bejeweled bride, making it a sight to behold after dark.

Thanks to the authorities concerned- from Mysore City Corporation (MCC) to police for their endeavour in making the road traffic friendly.

While the civic body has taken pains to neatly asphalt the road getting rid of the potholes and trenches that had made it unfit even to tread upon, the traffic police have made all use of the space to enable road users to follow the lane.

As many as 200 yellow solar reflective road studs have been installed acting like medians. The Sangolli Rayanna Circle near Kurubarahalli is also decorated with reflectors cautioning the vehicular users about the circle island. Similarly, the electric poles especially between the very circle and Thoogudeepa Srinivas Circle (gate of Hotel Lalitha Mahal Palace) have been fitted with reflective tapes again- to caution  the road users.Trees on either sides are also not spared. An officer on condition of anonymity told City Herald, nearly 600 trees on either side up to Chikkalli on T Narsipura road have been fitted with red reflectors. 

When this reporter made a reality check, even if the lamps go off on the stretch, the reflectors help one to identify the way with ease. It wouldn’t be a surprise if one gets a feel of passing through the royal stretch akin to the road that leads to red fort in New Delhi. 

The road in the national capital that also wears a similar look  glows further when the good old structure is illuminated.

The Lalitha Mahal road is also popular as ‘VIP road’. Most of the dignitaries earlier from then prime ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi to name a few to the chief ministers of the State till recently were arriving by air and alighting at Lalita Mahal Palace helipad.

They were entering the city by road through the very road. It’s only recently, the VIPs arrival by air was shifted to Mandakalli with the commissioning of airport in new avatar.

The recent addition is that of cycling track from Maharana Pratap Simhaji circle near Karanji lake to Toogudeepa Srinivas circle.

Negative side
The road also has its woes in the form of electric poles inviting danger at places and the name board that comes in the way of cycling track.

Nearly 10 electric poles and also a transformer stand on the road after the road widening, said an officer. Letters written to Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (Cesc) Limited, PWD and also MCC to take measures to shift the same have gone unheard. Nearly 10 electric poles between Kurubarahalli and Toogudeepa Srinivas circle pose danger with dangling wires. Trucks transporting brand new vehicles pass through the road and the heights of the trucks is a matter of worry while passing through the precariously hanging wires on either sides. Another pole in front of KSRP fifth battalion office also comes in the way of cycling track.

 PWD passes the buck on MCC and Cesc is waiting for nod from MCC to shift the poles. The name board of Abdul Nasir Saab State Institute for Rural Development (ANSSIRD) on the cycling track also has to be shifted. 

If the authorities concerned still dither on the issue, also very serious in nature, it may prove costly in near future with the road recording increasing density of vehicles with every passing day.