It is to facilitate work on Namma Metro stations
Vehicles not to be allowed on stretches of M.G. Road and Old Madras Road
The date of complete closure of the roads to be intimated shortly
Bangalore:Users of M.G. Road and Old Madras Road, who have been enduring with the traffic chaos owing to the ongoing Metro work for over three years, have the worse to face in the coming days.
The stretch on M.G. Road between Web's Junction and Trinity Circle, and the stretch on Old Madras Road (Swami Vivekananda Road) between Ulsoor Police Station and Trinity Circle will be closed for vehicular traffic for three months to facilitate the construction of Trinity Circle and Ulsoor Metro stations respectively.
While the stretch on M.G. Road towards Trinity Circle is already closed for the vehicular traffic, the traffic police are waiting for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited's (BMRCL) intimation to close down the other stretch from Trinity Circle to Web's Junction.
“The road is not wide enough to erect pillars for the elevated Trinity Station and hence pillars will come up on the footpath. We cannot leave any space for vehicular traffic at this junction,” said BMRCL's official spokesperson. Construction of the station involves movement of heavy machinery, equipment and pre-fabricated concrete slabs. This was another reason for the BMRCLto not take any risk with the lives of people, the spokesperson added.
On Swami Vivekananda Road, besides the station construction, the contractor will launch the elements on the girders to complete the viaduct. Hence, movement of regular traffic would have to be stopped for two to three months, he said. The construction could be speeded up only if the roads were completely closed for the traffic and hence this decision, he added.
‘Avoid Trinity Circle'
“Don't come to Trinity Circle for the next three months,” will be the appeal of the Bangalore Traffic Police to road users. “We cannot do anything else but to make this appeal. Managing and regulating traffic in and around Trinity Circle during these three months will be the biggest challenge for the traffic police,” Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Safety), told The Hindu.
There are no alternative roads either to divert the traffic, and vehicles have to move on the adjacent roads within the available road space. Though the Ulsoor Road stretch on the way to Ulsoor Lake would be made two-way, the space available was very limited, he said.
The exact date of complete closure of the roads would be intimated once the traffic police got the intimation from BMRCL officials, Mr. Sood added.