Tuesday, May 18, 2010

No breather for HSR Layout residents

No breather for HSR Layout residents
Construction Of New Flyover Will See Traffic Diverted Through The Area Yet Again
Sunita Rao R | TNN

Bangalore: For those staying in HSR Layout, traffic woes seem to be unending. With the BDA constructing another flyover in the area, harried residents will have to bear the brunt of traffic diversions yet again.
As it is, due to construction of Agara and Iblur flyovers, they had to put up with traffic snarls for over one-and-a-half years. The new flyover work which has started on 14th Main is directly affecting residents of Sectors 6 and 7.
“It appears that we are being taken for granted. Traffic diversion to a residential area has created so much of chaos,” said R S Hiremath, vicepresident of HSR Layout residents’ welfare association (RWA).
Brigadier R S Murthy, president of HSR Layout Sector-2 RWA, said in the last 3-4 years, people of this area have been subjected to tremendous hardships, thanks to flyover work.
“During 2007-08, it was bridge work at 14th Main and the Ring Road junction. The work lingered on for over 15 months. During this time, all entry points to HSR Layout except for one or two were closed from the Ring Road side.”
In 2009-10, traffic from Sarjapur and Ring Road was diverted to HSR Layout, again because of the Agara Circle flyover. “Why didn’t city planners think of building the new flyover two years ago when bridge construction was on at the same place? We fear this time too incoming traffic from Madivala side will be diverted to HSR Layout,” Murthy said.

• With the completion of Agara flyover, residents of HSR Layout Sectors 2, 3 and 4 could have heaved a sigh of relief. But with the new flyover project, problems are back to square one.

• The Iblur and Agara flyovers built at Rs 93 crore connect commuters from Bellandur to Agara.

• The 525-metre Agara flyover connects Sarjapur Road to Silk Board junction. “Work here will be over by July 1,” said a BDA official.


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