Sunday, November 23, 2008

on the street where you live - Snarls hard to digest at ‘breakfast junction’

on the street where you live - Snarls hard to digest at ‘breakfast junction’
BY RAJIV KALKOD
BENGALURU







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Everything comes to a standstill when former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda pass- es through
This could easily be called the breakfast junction. So heavy is the traffic here that commuters are often seen having their breakfast in their cars while waiting for the signal to turn green at the Devegowda petrol bunk junction in Padmanabhanagar.

BMTC buses and other vehicles move at snail’s pace in the peak hours as long lines of vehicles fill the roads leading to the junction. A number of them come from the outer ring road between Uttarahalli and Mysore Road and from the Tumkur highway.

Despite a traffic signal at the spot the police has to join in to regulate the traffic, particularly during the peak hours. “We are often forced to regulate the traffic ourselves, especially in the evenings as a huge number of vehicles make their way here from Banashankari 2nd Stage at this time. We need more men at the junction as the traffic is too heavy for just a few to handle,” says a traffic police officer.

“One constable cannot do the job. Many traffic offences are committed at this signal and we have a tough time dealing with the offenders as well as manning the junction,” complain some of the constables stationed here.

The ongoing work on the underpass at Kadirenahalli junction, has worsened the situation. Vehicles heading towards Kadirenahalli and Kanakapura main road are forced to take a diversion to either Banashankarai 2nd stage or Padmanabhanagar.

The crowd going to a new shopping mall that opened a couple of months ago here, adds to the traffic woes particularly during weekends.

Everything comes to a standstill when former PM H.D. Deve Gowda passes through the junction. “We are forced to stop the traffic on three roads as soon as we get a message that he is coming,” the traffic police say. Once he is gone the traffic is in an even worse mess, having been stranded for more than ten minutes.

Though we blame the traffic police, this mess is the result of the failure of infra structure in the city Om Ramesh, Accountant My husband often eats his breakfast waiting for the signal to turn green. He feels that he can save time by doing so Tara Haris, Housewife Our business has not been hit by the traffic jam, but BMTC buses and other vehicles move bumper to bumper in the area N. Nagaraju, Petrol bunk employee I cross this signal many times a day and often reach the shop late due to traffic jams Rajanish, Bakery shop employee

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