Vehicle movement on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway disrupted for hours following heavy rain

Traffic diversion will be in place till August 29

August 27, 2022 11:48 am | Updated 09:06 pm IST - Bengaluru

A bridge was washed away after the Inorapalya lake breached the banks off the Bengaluru-Mysuru road on August 27.

A bridge was washed away after the Inorapalya lake breached the banks off the Bengaluru-Mysuru road on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Traffic movement on the busy Bengaluru-Mysuru highway was disrupted for hours on Saturday after low-lying areas of the highway were inundated with rain water at multiple locations. Police say traffic flow — which was in higher volumes due to the weekend — was affected from 5 a.m. and the impact continued till afternoon.

At Kumbalgodu, Kaniminke lake overflowed, inundating the service road. This resulted in the traffic piling up for miles. At Inorupalya, the newly built toll gates were seen flooded with the rainwater disrupting traffic flow. At Channapatna, Ramammankere breached its bund and flooded the highway roads.

As the vehicles piled up for miles, police diverted the traffic. Motorists going from Bengaluru towards Mandya were asked to take Magadi Road or take Bengaluru-Hassan Highway to reach Kunigal, from there travel towards Mandya. Motorists coming from Mysuru Road were asked to reach Kanakapura Road from Malavalli or take Kunigal route to reach Bengaluru.

Superintendent of Police of Ramangara K. Sanotsh Babu told The Hindu that traffic diversion will be in place till Monday. “This region received incessant rain continuously for a week. On Saturday, weekend traffic moving from Bengaluru and moving towards Mysuru was stuck after rain water flooded the service lanes of the highway at multiple locations. We had to impose the traffic diversion to ease the traffic flow and the diversion will be in place till Monday. We have requested Google to show the diversion map for the benefit of the motorists and also will place signages at the important junctions.”

Also Read | People ferried on tractors as heavy rains lash Bengaluru

Massive flooding off the Bengaluru-Mysuru road after the Inorapalya lake breached the banks on August 27.

Massive flooding off the Bengaluru-Mysuru road after the Inorapalya lake breached the banks on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

The IMD on Saturday forecasted a generally cloudy sky. Few spells of light to moderate Rain or thundershowers are very likely in Bengaluru with maximum and minimum temperatures very likely to be around 27 and 20 degrees Celsius respectively for another 24 hours. Mr. Babu said that the authorities are also contemplating opening the bypass in Bidadi and bypass between Ramanagara and Channapanta to lessen the congestion on the road if situations like flooding repeats. “At present, the road works are in progress between Ramanagara and Channapatna. The NHAI will do the safety audit and further decisions will be taken on allowing the traffic,” said the official.

The newly built NHAI toll booth at Inorapalya on the Bengaluru-Mysuru road is submerged after the Inorapalya lake overflowed on August 27.

The newly built NHAI toll booth at Inorapalya on the Bengaluru-Mysuru road is submerged after the Inorapalya lake overflowed on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Heavy rainfall and lakes breaching bunds affected villages in Ramanagaram and Channapatna. Agricultural lands flooded with rain water. After Thittamaranahalli breached its bund, water entered around 30 homes in the area and residents were shifted to other places. In Gandhi Grama, rain water entered around 20 houses. The breach of Honganuru Lake resulted in the main road in the area.

Water from the swollen Kanminike lake overflowed on to the busy Bengaluru-Mysuru road causing long traffic pile-up on August 27.

Water from the swollen Kanminike lake overflowed on to the busy Bengaluru-Mysuru road causing long traffic pile-up on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

The flooded roads after Kanminike lake breached the banks on August 27.

The flooded roads after Kanminike lake breached the banks on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

The nearly 3-km-long traffic jam pileu-up after roads got flooded with water from the swollen Kanminike lake near in Kumbalgodu, Bengaluru, on August 27.

The nearly 3-km-long traffic jam pileu-up after roads got flooded with water from the swollen Kanminike lake near in Kumbalgodu, Bengaluru, on August 27. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.