After facing an ordeal for nearly three years due to construction work of Namma Metro, motorists in East Bangalore can heave a sigh of relief by this month-end. Bangalore Metro after almost completing construction of the elevated corridor of Reach 1, Phase 1 of Namma Metro between Byappanahalli and Cricket Stadium, is in the process of clearing the roads underneath the elevated corridor. Also, the corporation is redoing the roads that had been damaged during the construction period.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood told The Hindu that CMH Road is expected to be opened for traffic in both the directions between Indiranagar 100-ft Road and Adarsha Theatre Junction by this month-end.
One more cheerful news is that the Old Madras Road (Swami Vivekananda Road) that had been made one-way between Adarsha Theatre Junction and Trinity Circle towards the city will be made two-way. Mr. Sood said Bangalore Metro has re-laid and asphalted major portions of this road making it motorable. The road will also be made two-way on a trial basis between Trinity Circle and Ulsoor Police Station and later till Adarsha Theatre Junction, Mr. Sood said. The opening of these roads will not only benefit road users but will also reduce vehicular traffic on HAL Airport Road and Murphy Road, he said.
If two-way traffic is not allowed on the road, it (road) will immediately be converted into a parking haven, which the traffic police want to avoid, Mr. Sood said while pointing out at the relief the measure brings to the travelling public.
On the busy Tumkur Road, relief is expected for road users with the opening of the elevated corridor as well as the widened four-lane road, Mr. Sood said. Though the road has been reduced in size near Goraguntepalya due to Namma Metro Peenya Industry Station work, one more lane of the road will be available for vehicles by next month-end, he said. Puttenahalli Underpass on the Outer Ring Road near J.P. Nagar will also be opened shortly making it easy for road users.