Commuter voices from the road

Commuter voices from the road

Commuter voices from the road

Connecting all major highways leading to the City, the Outer Ring Road is a major lifeline of Bengaluru. Lakhs of Bengalureans use this road while traversing the length and breadth of the city. To get a deeper understanding of the problems associated with the road, Deccan Herald spoke to commuters. Here’s more:

A regular commuter, Nikhil R Ujjani, uses the road to reach Marathahalli. He has this to say: “I usually travel around noon. So, I do not get to see a lot of traffic. However, there are traffic issues when it rains since the water clogs at the underpass and the bridges, causing a lot of traffic congestion.”

Another commuter on ORR, Naveen J N talks about his experience with traffic jams near the Silk Board junction. He says once this junction is negotiated, the traffic gets smoother. However, there has been a construction near Total Mall. “This is kind of a problem, because traffic from both sides of the road move here and get struck, for long. Nevertheless, traffic moves relatively faster compared to other major roads inside the city during off-peak hours.”

Bhargav R S, a regular commuter at the Nayandahalli junction, says that he needs to get there early to avoid heavy traffic at this junction.

Chandana, an ORR user, observes: “The Hebbal junction has a lot of traffic during peak hours. However, the traffic moves fast, and it is a signal-free stretch from there on towards Horamavu. Rainy seasons are however problematic as there is a lot of stagnant water in the underpass. This slows down the traffic movement.”

Silk Board is one of the main junctions on the Ring Road, and most of the traffic is held up here. Many get stuck here at all times. But those who travel through the Nayandahalli circle face the congestion only during the peak hours. This is particularly true for those coming from Kengeri, Mysuru Road, and Hosakerehalli side.

Peak-hour traffic gets nightmarish at the KR Puram junction. Commuters are unanimous that the ORR actually comes to a virtual standstill at this intersection, since the towering cable-stayed bridge has left little space for side roads. The chaos only get worse near the KR Puram railway station. The station entrance under the cable bridge is exactly where the ORR gets squeezed into a single lane!

Inspector, HSR Layout traffic police station Service road traffic should move only on the service roads. It would have been better if the flyovers had been linked. Then we could have managed the traffic flow under the grade-separators better. I have cleared obstacles on service roads and footpaths at many places.

Resident, Bellandur
Pedestrians find it very tough to cross the Outer Ring Road, particulary during peak hours. Now they are building a skywalk near Eco Space. But its base occupies a part of the service road. It should have been positioned better.

Regular commuter, Silk Board Junction
During off-peak hours, the traffic moves faster on the Outer Ring Road, compared to other city roads. However, of late, the congestion has worsened due to a construction near Total Mall close to the junction. Traffic from both sides get stuck here for long.

Regular commuter, Nayandahalli Junction

I need to get across the junction early enough to avoid the traffic congestion. During afternoon hours, there is no scaleable traffic on this road. The flyover has vastly improved the scene there.

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