Even though the partial opening of the Nayandahalli flyover by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) gave the much-awaited breather for users of Mysore Road, they now get caught in another logjam at Kimco Junction at the intersection of Mysore Road and Chord Road.
The problem is more pronounced for traffic coming into the city. Four portal piers of Namma Metro, each measuring 5 feet by 5 feet occupy a major portion of the 25 foot-carriageway towards the city. The problem is compounded by traffic light that doesn’t give enough time for incoming vehicles at Kimco Junction.
For, even before the vehicles reach the junction after slaloming between the pillars, the light turns red. So much so it takes at least four rotations of the light for the final green signal, said Ramanna, a BMTC driver. The pothole-ridden stretch doesn’t help either, he added.
Babu Jose, another regular, said because of the congestion at the junction, vehicles pile up till Attiguppe (about 700 m) on Chord Road and till the Nayandahalli Junction on Mysore Road during morning and evening peak hours. Evenings are worse for traffic moving out of the city as the jam extends all the way to Hosaguddadahalli, he added.
L. Balasubramanya, a regular commuter on Mysore Road, said while the BDA, which commenced the work in 2011 could complete half of the work and ease the traffic snarls at the Nayandahalli Junction, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), which commenced the work in 2009, was rather slow. Work on Mysore Road metro terminal, which has occupied more than half of the road, is moving at a snail’s pace even as the work at Kimco Junction has practically choked vehicular movement.
Stating that all this chaos is only temporary, a senior BMRCL official said work is being speeded up. Once the viaduct construction is complete, three lanes will be available for incoming traffic while the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is likely to widen the carriageway on the other side of the road for outgoing traffic, he said.