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Legislators want elevated steel road on J.C. Road

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‘BBMP’s 2008 proposal to ease traffic woes was shelved’

The frequent traffic jams on J.C. Road, considered to be gateway for traffic from south Bangalore into the central business district, have stirred a group of legislators to meet Chief Minister Siddaramaiah with a request to construct an elevated steel road from Minerva Circle to Hudson Circle.

A delegation of legislators led by M.R. Doreswamy, MLC, submitted a memorandum to Mr. Siddaramaiah with a request to build an elevated steel road to tackle the traffic jams on J.C. Road. Among those who met the Chief Minister were legislators M.V. Rajasekharan, Doddarange Gowda, S.R. Leela, Dayananda and L.A. Ravi Subramanya.

Mr. Doreswamy told presspersons here on Tuesday that though an elevated road on J.C. Road was proposed earlier by the BBMP as part of its signal-free corridor in 2008, the project was shelved because of several reasons.

Mr. Doreswamy said that people who travel from south Bangalore towards central and northern parts of the city have to face a lot of inconvenience because of chaotic traffic on J.C. Road. “It used to take me 25 minutes to reach Vidhana Soudha from Basavanagudi earlier. But now, because of the increase in the traffic, a minimum of one hour is needed to cover the distance,” he added.

He urged the government to take steps to decongest roads, especially in south Bangalore.

According to Mr. Doreswamy, there are frequent traffic jams on Chennamma Circle, Minerva Circle, Lalbagh Circle and Hudson Circle, and steps should be taken to tackle them. He added that the State government should also ensure that the Namma Metro work in the area is completed on time.

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