Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nightmare on ring road

Nightmare on ring road

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People living in the vicinity of the Outer Ring Road dread using it as they have to deal with its speeding heavy vehicular traffic which has been the cause of several accidents here.

Many of the people living here have themselves met with accidents on the ORR, says Mr Prakash Reddy, a resident of Horamavu and a private engineer. “Travelling on Outer Ring Road (ORR) is risky. Trucks zoom past you or even graze your vehicle leaving ugly marks and dents although the ORR is not meant for trucks and lorries,” he says.

To make matters worse there is little hope of the Hennur — Banasawadi underpass being completed as scheduled on January 18 next year. The underpass is important as this stretch of the ORR connects two busy national highways, the Old Madras Road (NH – 4) and Bellary Road (NH – 7).

The BBMP began constructing the underpass at the Hennur-Banaswadi junction to provide for smooth flow of vehicles for people living in Hennur, Banaswadi, Horamavu and surrounding areas and to allow unhindered traffic flow on the ORR. The delay in its completion is upsetting the people.

“We have provided a lead off for storm water at the underpass and a ramp has been built on one side. We are hopeful of completing the work on schedule. Diverting traffic took some time. Excavation work will begin within a week,” says site engineer Kaliraj S, explaining that work was delayed as water pipes and Bescom lines had to be shifted. “Work was also affected due to the incessant rain,” he claims.

BBMP engineer N Mallegowda says the contractor had given a programme chart. “We have been pressurising him to complete the work at the earliest,” he adds.


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