Traffic cops propose alternative route to KIA

Traffic cops propose alternative route to KIA

The city traffic police have proposed an alternative route to the Kempegowda International Airport via Betta Kote on state highway 104, near Budigere Cross.

The link road, which will lead to the rear compound of KIA, will not only reduce the travelling time and distance to the airport for people residing in east and southeast Bengaluru, but also ease traffic on the congested Ballari Road.

The police have already written to the Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) in this regard.

“There is a small stretch between the compound wall of KIA and Betta Kote village, SH-104, which is hardly a kilometre. For now, there is no road or pathway and there are a few sites. A few days ago, we wrote to the IDD explaining how this link road will help people reach KIA in a shorter time,” said a senior police officer. The area was inspected and a survey was carried out by the police before proposing the idea to the IDD. “We visited the spot and measured the area and found it feasible for developing a link road.

Our idea is to cut down on travelling time and ease traffic on Ballari Road,” he said.
People residing in east and southeast Bengaluru can take the Old Madras Road and reach Budigere Cross, proceed to Kondenahalli, take a deviation towards the right and proceed towards Bhatramarenahalli, SH-104, and further. They will have to take a left turn at Betta Kote, proceed further and reach the rear compound wall of KIA.

From K R Puram to Budigere Cross, it is about 9.4 km and from there to KIA, it is about 20 km, said a police officer who visited the area.

People from south and southeast parts of the city will have to travel approximately 40 km to 50 km to reach the airport via Hebbal junction.

This also adds to traffic congestion on Ballari Road.

“This particular link road will ease congestion on Ballari Road and make commuting to the airport easy. The proposal has been discussed with the IDD officials and they have agreed orally. There are other procedures to be followed and an official confirmation is required,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra told DH.

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