Going the extra mile

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Going the extra mile

Those travelling from Hennur Cross to Horamavu-Agara area are having a tough time reaching their respective destinations. The overbridge on Horamavu-Agara Main Road has been temporarily shut, forcing thousands of residents living in that area to travel an extra three kilometres.

Even those who travel by the bus are dropped off at random places. So alarming is the state of affairs that a two-year-old child was recently run over thanks to the heavy traffic that has been diverted into the
residential localities. 

Metrolife interacted with the railway authorities and residents living in the locality to understand the problems they face.

The Railways has announced several projects for the State, including track-doubling in two sections in the City with a view to ease congestion on the roads. That track-doubling will be taken up on Yeshwanthpur-Yelahanka and Yelahanka-Channasandra sections at an estimated cost of Rs 125 crores.

The work on doubling the track of Yelahanka-Channasandra has begun and this has led to the closure of the Horamavu-Agara road overbridge, for a period of three months.

The Horamavu-Agara Main Road connects to Babusapalya which invariably leads to the Outer Ring Road. At peak hours, this closure has led to a traffic pile-up at the railway bridge near Babusapalya. It’s a two-way street with houses and business establishments on either side but there are no traffic cops during the peak hours to ease the congestion or divert traffic.

Business establishments in the vicinity say that they have seen a considerable dip in business. If the work isn’t completed within the stipulated deadline, they fear they will lose their regulars.

There is no alternative route for people to get across the bridge. A senior officer with the South Western Railways informs, “We tried to create an alternative passage within 100 to 200 metres around the overbridge but acquiring land for the purpose was a problem. The existing overbridge which is 18 metres wide will be widened further to 26 metres. It will be able to carry double the capacity of vehicles.” This senior officer says that the existing railway crossing at Babusapalya is the only other way out. 
  
The residents of Horamavu-Agara are having a tough time travelling in the small lanes, through residential areas, to get to the main road. They have to travel an addition three kilometres to get to the Outer Ring Road or even the Hennur Main Road.

Mallika Anantharam, a college lecturer, says, “Now that the bridge is closed, the buses don’t come this side anymore. They also stop at random places. Vehicles are forced to drive into residential areas that have narrow roads and cannot accommodate such heavy movement of vehicles.” Akshaya Deepak, the principal of Butterfly Playschool, feels the work must be completed at the earliest.

“There are a lot of traffic jams in the small lanes and bylanes. People will have to travel extra to reach their destinations. The completion of the work can’t be delayed,” she observes. Paul Thomas, a businessman, witnessed the death of the two-year-old child. “The girl died a few days ago after the bridge closure and vehicles are now forced to move into the residential layouts. The authorities have not created an alternative route,” he concludes.

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