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B'luru: Infra work on roads makes commuting hell

BENGALURU: Infrastructure work being finished on nearly 40 stretches in the town has compounded the woes of commuters, who're already suffering to navigate Bengaluru’s congested roads due to the rising choice of cars.

Traffic police data show they have given permission to more than a few civic businesses for wearing out infrastructure work on 38 roads. While the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is whitetopping (masking with concrete) 18 roads, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has taken up pipeline and drainage work on 14 stretches. Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) work is progressing on 3 roads each and every.


It gets worse prior to it gets any better. Or so road users in Bengaluru want to believe as they take care of triple whammy of whitetopping, Metro tracks and realignment of power and sewage lines. There are gridlocks all over the place and commuting time is all of a sudden increasing. With maximum work proceeding at snail’s pace, motorists are praying that businesses executing these works will show some urgency and finish their assigned duties temporarily. Bengaluru’s gradual site visitors has already equipped fodder for scathing memes and the worsening situation will inspire extra of the similar. It’s time site visitors managers took some corrective action, temporarily.

Many motorists are stranded in site visitors for lengthy all over height hours due to the absence of other plans or routes. The reasonable pace of cars has diminished to lower than 10kmph on a number of stretches, basically due to whitetopping and Metro work.

What’s worse, site visitors congestion is predicted to extend on Bannerghatta Road after the demolition of Jayadeva flyover. “It’s difficult to commute because of site visitors, potholes and building dust generated by whitetopping and Metro work. The government will have to be certain these projects are finished with out any more prolong. Poor coordination between businesses is one more reason why one or the opposite road is dug up,” complained Ravi Shankar, a normal commuter on Bannerghatta Road.

BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad mentioned officials have been advised to complete whitetopping work prior to May. “All these are high-density corridors with heavy site visitors movement. We have decided on these roads to ensure long-term high quality. We perceive inconvenience is being brought about to commuters, but have deployed additional workers and machines to complete the work on time,” he mentioned.

BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath mentioned substitute of water and sewer lines and repair work are steady processes so they aren’t in a position to mention after they would be finished. “We want to amplify our network to cater to the rising calls for of town. We are operating in coordination with businesses like BBMP and BMRCL.”

In reality, the increasing site visitors congestion is forcing BMTC to reduce its schedules as many buses are finding it difficult to complete journeys. Sources say the choice of roads affected may be extra as either businesses don’t take permission or site visitors police data don’t show it. Also, work on some stretches is yet to begin.

For instance, site visitors police data show BMRCL has undertaken work on most effective 3 stretches: Gottigere to JP Nagar 4th Phase on Bannerghatta Road, Silk Board to Marenahalli Junction and Byappanahalli to Whitefield. However, BMRCL work is progressing on stretches like Mysuru Road to Kengeri, Nagasandra to Bangalore International Exhibition Centre and Yelachenahalli-Anjanapura.

BMRCL officials mentioned a majority of Phase 2 corridors usually are finished by 2021. However, all the Phase 2 might be operational by 2024. Metro’s Phase 3 may be in the pipeline.

Additional commissioner of police (site visitors) P Harishekaran mentioned: “We have advised BBMP and BWSSB to complete all pending work prior to monsoon. We have given nod to ensure their work doesn’t get delayed. We have deployed additional police officers to control site visitors anyplace work is progressing.”

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