Namma Metro yet to ease traffic

Travel between CBD and Old Madras Road far from hassle-free

Namma Metro yet to ease traffic

 There has been no let up in traffic congestion between the central business district and Old Madras Road even more than two years after Namma Metro began operations between MG Road and Baiyyappanahalli, according to traffic police.

Traffic police constables manning various junctions between Baiyyappanahalli on Old Madras Road and MG Road insist that the density of vehicles has in fact gone up in the last two years. Senior traffic police officers vouch for what their subordinates on the field say.

There has been an increase in traffic density from KR Puram to Trinity Circle. “During peak hours, people get stranded for more than 20 minutes as this stretch witnesses highest vehicular movement in a day,” said a traffic constable manning the NGEF junction on Old Madras Road.

He further said that there had been an increase in the number of vehicles plying on this road over the last two years. Traffic snarls begin from KR Puram flyover and continue till Ulsoor police station. Several crossroads on this stretch also result in traffic jams as vehicles come in from all directions, creating a congestion, he said.

Peak-hour problem

 A police officer on duty at Ulsoor junction said traffic density is high during peak hours and it takes at least 20 minutes to reach one junction from another. The stretch from Isolation Hospital to NGEF junction gets worse on both sides and this ends up in the piling of vehicles all along the stretch, the officer said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security), B Dayananda, said: “Despite Metro rail, there is no let up in traffic problems on this particular stretch. We cannot say that the Metro rail is ineffective. It will make an impact on the City’s traffic once its operations to Majestic begin.”

People who have their workplaces in MG Road and surrounding areas and reside close to Baiyyappanahalli use Metro rail. So are those who want to visit MG Road or Brigade Road.

“But most people use bikes and cars to commute to their destinations as they have to travel long distance to reach the Metro station,” Dayananda added. According to an official of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, 18,000 to 20,000 people use the Metro train on weekdays and the number goes up to 25,000 during weekends.

The Metro connectivity goes up only when the complete stretch becomes operational and consequently the number of people using the service also increases.

This certainly will ease traffic on roads since most people would prefer the Metro service to avoid gridlocks. Most people travelling on this stretch go towards Majestic, he added.

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