Friday, March 26, 2010

CM’s brigade blocks Mysore Rd

CM’s brigade blocks Mysore Rd
Bangalore, Mar 25, DHNS

Motorists can now breathe easy. Public campaign for the BBMP elections has officially ended on Thursday evening.

With politicians, of all hues, hitting the road for campaigning on the last day, motorists had a nightmarish experience having struck in traffic jams. The worst affected were riders on the busy Bangalore-Mysore Road, where Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and his entourage had blocked the traffic for nearly half an hour --between Deepanjalinagar junction and Satellite bus stand - in the morning from 10.30 am to 11 am.

Yeddyurappa offered prayers at the Gali Anjaneyaswamy temple to kickstart the day’s campaign. BJP State President K S Eshwarappa and former minister V Sommanna accompanied the chief minister. Hundreds of the BJP workers had gathered at the temple to welcome their leaders.

It is actually this stretch of Bangalore-Mysore Road which is very narrow and it remains congested even on a normal day. Traffic block caused by the chief minister only added to woes of motorists. Over and above, supporters of these leaders created utter chaos by playing drums and bursting crackers. Yeddyurappa was scheduled to arrive at Gali Anjaneyaswamy temple at 9 am, but he was one-and-a-half hour late. The presence of a large number of party workers, who were waiting for Yeddyurappa to arrive, blocked the traffic on all by-lanes around the temple.

“This is harassment of a worst kind. The leaders block roads to tell motorists that they want to de-congest the city roads. We know they (politicians) do nothing, and we have stopped worrying about it. It will be of great help if they stop bothering us like this,” Nishanth, a motorist struck on the Bangalore-Mysore Road, said.

Ditto was the scene near Prasanna theatre in Govindrajnagar and near Nandini theatre in Mahalakshmipuram where the chief minister campaigned.

This was true with leaders of all political parties. JD(S) State President H D Kumaraswamy caused a traffic jam on Kanakapura Road, Congress leaders B K Hariparasad and former union minister M V Rajashekaran affected smooth flow of traffic on Srinagar and Shivanagar main roads.

Mono rail for Bangalore

The Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday said a mono rail project will be taken up soon to end the problem of traffic jams in Bangalore. “The Government is making preparations to take up a mono rail project. We want people to keep their two-wheelers and four-wheelers aside and take metro and mono rails to safely reach their offices,” he stated at a public rally near Gali Anjaneyaswamy temple on Bangalore-Mysore Road.


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