Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Jayadeva flyover partly ready, but woes continue

Jayadeva flyover partly ready, but woes continue
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The Jayadeva flyover was inaugurated last week with much ceremony. However, with much of the work still pending, road users’ woes will not end anytime soon.

The completed arm of the flyover (on BTM Ring Road) has to some extent eased traffic for those moving from Jayanagar towards Silk Board junction. However, the considerable number of Bannerghatta Road users have no such respite.

Traffic congestion may be relieved only after the underpass on Bannerghatta Road is in place. BDA has set a deadline of June for completion of the underpass as well as the other arm of the flyover connecting Ring Road (from BTM Layout side) and the IIMB side of Bannerghatta Road.

The biggest fear is rain. If the underpass is not completed before monsoon sets in, travelling in this area will be next to impossible. ‘‘Our only worry is how to manage traffic if work is not completed before the rains. Bannerghatta Road will be flooded by even a small shower,’’ said DCP Traffic (East) M.A. Saleem.

As it is, more than ten Home Guards and traffic police have been deputed to manage traffic around the flyover. They have their hands full as confused vehicle users move circuitously in the connecting roads and amid the clutter of material on the main roads.

Those coming in from Dairy Circle towards Silk Board junction have no choice but to use the narrow pothole-ridden road that runs parallel to Ring Road. Never designed to handle heavy traffic, this road is being used even by buses and trucks ever since the flyover construction began.

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