Messy junctions for pedestrians

Messy junctions for pedestrians

Traffic junctions, despite planning interventions such as B-TRAC, continue to be the most dreaded spaces in the city, particularly for pedestrians. Blame it on the choking traffic, improper footpaths or non-functional traffic signals. 

For instance, elderly citizens and children fear crossing the Nagavara Junction on Outer Ring Road as the vehicular congestion is always high. The two-way traffic,  always at its peak on the service road in front of Manyata Tech Park, add to their woes. 

While pedestrians at K R Puram junction face hassles due to the lack of proper footpath, commuters  say it is a nightmare to pass through KR Puram junction. The unscientific positioning of a bus stand right at the beginning of the cable stay bridge has added to the chaos. There are no proper signages or visible traffic lights. It gets only worse during the morning and evening peak hours.  

Rose Mary, a resident of Kasturinagar complains that at most of the Ring Road junctions in her locality, there are no police personnel to handle the traffic. Roads leading to these junctions are also problematic.

At a recent meeting, the Residents Welfare Association of Kasturinagar members were informed by traffic officials present that removal of roadhumps in the vicinity had triggered two accidents in Ramamurthynagar and Kasturinagar.
The residents of Mahadevapura say that the main problem at the Garudachar Palya Junction are the poor pavements and presence of heavy vehicles such as lorries that tend to park on the roads. 

“The junction of Ramamurthynagar road and Uttam Sagar road and the intersection near Ramamurthynagar bridge need immediate attention. A motorist takes 40 minutes to cross the bridge alone.

Also a flyover connecting Kasturinagar and Old Madras Road must be constructed to  ease the vehicle congestion,” says president of the Bangalore Citizen Welfare Association, Mahadevapura, K V Shivaprasad. Sending memorandums to the traffic police authorities has not helped, he adds.

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