Saturday, March 27, 2010

The new Mantri Square is causing traffic snarls

It's a squeeze on Sampige Road

Staff Reporter
The new Mantri Square is causing traffic snarls




Crush:A traffic jam on Sampige Road in front of Mantri Square in Bangalore.
BANGALORE: The Bangalore Traffic Police has said Mantri Developers, promoters of Mantri Square on Sampige Road in Malleswaram, has not yet thrown open the service road for entry and exit of vehicles into the mall. This, the police said, has put enormous burden on the already congested Sampige Road and thrown traffic out of gear.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood said that after the opening of Mantri Square, traffic on Sampige Road had increased by 300 per cent.

The road is too narrow to accommodate the load, he said, and added the developer should have thrown open the service road.

According to the traffic plan submitted by the developer, the service road should have been the entry and exit point to the mall.

Parking capacity

Mr. Sood said the present traffic diversion was a temporary measure until the traffic situation stabilises and the service road is thrown open. Vehicles spill over on the road when Mantri Square's parking capacity of 1,800 cars becomes full. This is compounded by vehicles waiting to gain entry into the mall on the main road itself, he added. Vehicles coming out of the mall only add to the chaos.

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