Pain Of Bangaloreans By Metro Construction

Bangaloreans bears everything and anything. Commuters heading towards their work suffer a lot while travelling.Instead of 10 minute it takes half and hours to go to office space. Around the Bangalore people are so tired of pain by traveling by traffic and road infrastructures.

Silk Board Mayhem

The already congested Silk Board junction has become a nightmare on account of metro work on the Marenahalli Road- Silk Board stretch. The road gets clogs, especially during peak hour. With the carriageway shrinking to almost half, crossing the junction has become a nightmare.

“The traffic movement has slowed down considerably since the construction started. The median near the junction has been damaged and motorcyclists use it to take an illegal U-turn,” said a traffic sub-inspector.

Damaged pavements and construction debris make it difficult for pedestrians who are forced to walk on the road.

Shamanth R, who works in a nearby hotel, said: “There is no space to walk. Crossing the road is impossible as there are no pedestrian crossings. The dust storm caused by construction activity makes it difficult to breathe. We are thankful that the BMRCL is finally repairing the footpath in some places.”

A majority of the local commercial establishments in the area, such shops, banks and petrol bunks, have recorded a drop in business as direct access to the shops from the main road has been cut off.

Anand Kumar, the owner of a petrol pump, said: “Our business has dropped by 50% in the last 8 to 10 months. People can’t even see the petrol bunk due to barricades.”

No access to the service road

Wider roads have meant a fewer problem for motorists on Hosur Road where the metro construction work is currently underway near Electronics City.

However, people are finding it difficult to enter residential and industrial areas from the main road as the service road along the highway has been taken over by the BMRCL.

Raghuvir, a school bus driver, says: “Larger vehicles have to take a detour to reach the destination as the service road has block.”

Smaller vehicles, in order to avoid taking longer routes, cut through the construction site.

Pockmarked roads

At the other end of the city, which is the IT hub, metro construction has left the roads riddled with potholes. The problem is acute near ITPL.

“Traffic is unbearably slow during peak hours. To make matters worse, the roads are in bad condition. Frequent showers have further damaged them, leading to several potholes cropping up. Nothing happen to fill them,” says Lingaraju B., a cab driver.

For the most part, pavements are non-existent. Pawan Kumar, an IT employee in Whitefield, said: “The condition of footpaths is very poor. Crossing the road is difficult as there is no one to manage the traffic.”

Enveloped in dust

Two years of metro construction has left the Kanakapura road stretch, extending from Yelachenahalli to Anjanapura township, covered in dust.

Though traffic movement has improved following re-laying of the road, pedestrians continue to suffer due to the absence of proper footpaths.

“The roads are better, but pedestrians don’t have safe walking space. Footpaths are either damage, cover with garbage or use by motorcyclists,” said Venkatesh N., a local shop owner.

A BMRCL official at the construction site says the footpaths will relay after civic work is complete.

Bottleneck round-the-clock

At the Mysuru Road to Kengeri stretch, where BMRCL work has been underway for a year, bottlenecks are par for the course. Buses always delay since there is congestion right outside the bus stand,” says Sagar K., a daily commuter from Kengeri bus stand.

The condition of the roads has only worsened, say motorists. “Even after several complaints, the roads have yet repair. It is extremely time-consuming to travel on this road. Weekends are the worst,” said Dhanush B., a resident of Kengeri.

Inner lanes choked

Work on Gottigere to Swagat Road on Bannerghatta Main Road started recently, but motorists and pedestrians are unable to escape the impact.

New metro barricades have sprung up past the Bannerghatta- Outer Ring Road intersection near Vega City Mall. Traffic diverts to narrower lanes, which cannot handle it. Even heavy vehicles, such as buses and trucks, are using these roads. As a result, the roads have given away,” said a traffic police official in the area.

Access to hospitals along the stretch has also become a problem. “Traffic is the biggest worry. It becomes very difficult to transport patients in critical condition. Due to barricades placed near the hospitals, we have to take a longer route to reach the hospital,” said Kishore, an ambulance driver attached to a private hospital.

Unavoidable, says BMRCL

BMRCL officials says civil work is expects to be complete by 2019.

“We are trying to restrict the damage as much as possible, but as heavy machinery we use the construction, potholes occur. Vehicular density on roads in the city is too high and hence to reduce the congestion people should opt for public transportation,” said U.A. Vasanth Rao, spokesperson BMRCL.

Metro officials says that once work completes, complete roads, drains and footpaths will be constructs newly.


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