Wednesday, February 17, 2010

M.G. Road not so choked now

M.G. Road not so choked now

Staff Reporter
Metal barricades, put up for the Metro rail work, have been removed
— Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

NO PROMENADE BUT…: With the barricades put up for Metro work gone, motorists can have a smooth ride on M.G. Road.
BANGALORE: The iconic Mahatma Gandhi Road in the city may never regain its character, courtesy Namma Metro. The promenade has disappeared and the dominant aspect today of this once elegant road is the viaduct.

However, there are small mercies such as the removal of those large green metal sheet barricades, following which the road just got wider, making your drive a tad smoother.

The road will continue to remain off-limits to autorickshaws but the two-way stretch can now accommodate at least two more lanes of vehicles, a traffic official said. The stretch between the Cauvery Emporium and Trinity Circle too will see some changes in coming weeks.

The left side of the road that leads to Trinity Circle, now infamous for its choked roads, is now wider. The traffic restrictions imposed from Trinity Circle to the Webbs Junction on M.G. Road will be in force till May. The movement of vehicles on the other side of the road, that holds traffic from Trinity Circle to Cauvery Emporium junction, too will soon be stopped and new diversions announced.

The spots earmarked for M.G. Road and Trinity Circle Metro stations will continue to be barricaded as work there has begun. Traffic officials have also warned motorists to not park cars beneath the viaduct, violation of which will be deemed an offence. The M.G. Road station is slated to be completed this year.

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