Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Traffic jam tests Mysore Road users’ patience

Traffic jam tests Mysore Road users’ patience

Staff Reporter
Truck breakdown on Sirsi Circle flyover, residents’ protest result in hours-long pileup
Police turn blind eye to ban on movement of trucks on the flyover

Pramod Layout residents allege NICE has cut off the link road

BANGALORE: Monday blues hit Mysore Road users real hard as they had to face traffic pileup for hours on end right from the Rajarajeshwari Arch to K.R. Market, Majestic and Town Hall on Monday.

A sand-laden truck headed towards the city broke down on the middle of the Sirsi Circle flyover early on Monday morning. As the day broke out and the traffic volume increased, vehicles began to pile up and the jam was not cleared till noon. Senior traffic police officers were mute spectators to the incident as the police had a tough time in towing away the vehicle.

Traffic on the busy Mysore Road has been a casualty as the traffic police do not prevent operation of trucks even during peak hours. Though there is a clear ban on movement of trucks on the flyover, traffic police turn a blind eye thus allowing even trailer trucks that transport steel beams and rods and containers. The breakdown of the sand-laden truck had a cascading effect and all the arterial roads, including Magadi Road and N.R. Road, and soon a gridlock ensued.

If this was not enough, residents of Pramod Layout and Hosakerehalli laid siege on Mysore Road at the Mysore Road-Outer Ring Road Junction near Nayandahalli by noon.

The residents were protesting the construction of link roads by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises.

Charge against NICE
Pramod Layout residents alleged that NICE had cut off the link road to their layout besides attempting to grab their lands.

Residents of Hosakerehalli too had the same grievance. S.K. Somashekhar, an advocate and resident of Pramod Layout, told The Hindu that NICE had violated various court orders, including that of status quo and that of sticking to the original framework agreement.

The blockade continued well beyond 2 p.m., and ended after Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA M. Sreenivas and Deputy Commissioner (Bangalore Urban) G.N. Nayak intervened. Both of them promised to hold a spot inspection with the heads of departments concerned to ascertain the ground reality, said S. Nagaraj, secretary of Pramod Layout Residents’ Welfare Association.

Ripple effect
This blockade too had a ripple effect on the traffic, which had just begun to return to normal on Mysore Road, Outer Ring Road and Chord Road. Vehicles piled up all the way till Bangalore University Gate (from Mysore side) on Mysore Road, PES Institute of Technology on ORR, Sirsi Circle Flyover on Mysore Road (from City) and Vijayanagar on Chord Road.

While those driving and riding personal vehicles had no option but to swelter it out, waiting for the blockade to clear, those travelling by public transport got off in disgust, preferring to walk.


At Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 10:20:00 PM GMT+5:30, Blogger mohan rao said...

no one cares whenever there is a traffic jam on the flyover. heavy vehicles and tongas and bullockcarts are not supposed to be allowed. but u can see all of them. BMTC and Moffusil buses stop at the cottonpet junction turn aone side and ryon circle junction on the other side causing traffice hold up. auto s play with 8 to 10 people during all the time and PCs wink at them. immediately after one gets down the flyover the road is very narrow and more over there is signal and a righturn . the traffic. all the traffic fronm the flyover , chamarajpet and city market converges there causing hold up. no traffic mangement agency is applying there mind to solve the problem on mysore road. thing are just allowed to take care by itself. it is not any rocket technology . but there is no mind set. again in front of satellite bus station and gali anjaneya temple roads have to be widened. probably the agencies are waiting for some diasaster to happen and they will wake up.


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