The city’s first signal-free junction, set up by the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) at K.R. Circle at a cost of Rs. 1 crore, is back to square one with the traffic police installing signal lights there.
Vehicles coming from different directions passing through this used to pile up on Nrupatunga Road, which is a sensitive area, what with the Reserve Bank of India and police headquarters situated on the road, besides official residence of the State police chief, said a police officer.
The ongoing metro work at Vidhana Soudha has necessitated traffic diversions, which in turn choked K.R. Circle. The situation could worsen in the future, with the work extending to K.R. Circle. Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M.A. Saleem, speaking to The Hindu , agreed security concerns did play a part in the lights being back, but added that traffic police were also worried about peak-hour congestion and the increasing number of accidents especially during night.
Besides, a signal-free junction at K.R. Circle did not serve any purpose unless Hudson Circle junction was also likewise, he said.
BBMP set up the signal-free junction Traffic diversion causing difficulty at circle
BBMP set up the signal-free junction
Traffic diversion causing difficulty at circle