Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Double trouble on Double Road

Till not too recently, Double Road (Kengal Hanumanthaiah Road officially, named after the second Chief Minister of Karnataka who incidentally also initiated the construction of the Vidhana Soudha; but no one knows it by that name. Its rather amusingly called Double Road because it was Bangalore's first arterial road with a median running through it)was relatively smooth to navigate while other roads downtown were overflowing with automobiles. But the road, which is a lifeline between South Bangalore and the central business district, has also fallen prey to the affliction that is plaguing most of Bangalore. As one stands at the beginning of Double Road near Lalbagh, that end being at an incline one can see the road clogged with traffic as far as one's eyes can see. It take a good 15 minutes to pass through this 1.5 km stretch of road.

Sadly, the the problem is set to worsen with the KSRTC chosing to upgrade the Shanthinagar Bus Station into a full fledged terminus. To ease the congestion at the Kalasipalyam Bus Stand, henceforth inter-state services bound to Tamil Nadu will run from this terminus. The construction is almost nearing completion. Expect unprecedented chaos on this road in a couple of months from now. Try finding an alternative to get to the CBD. I am contemplating on taking the Bannerghatta Road-Hosur Road alternative (once the flyover at Dairy Circle is complete).


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