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BMRCL contemplates widening a stretch of OMR

The metro pillars have been constructed on the median of Old Madras Road. BMRCL officials have been asked to remove the barricades as they are blocking traffic movement.

The metro pillars have been constructed on the median of Old Madras Road. BMRCL officials have been asked to remove the barricades as they are blocking traffic movement.  

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This is to decongest the area to allow construction of two parallel metro lines; the one-km stretch sees traffic gridlock every day during peak hours

Though Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) has proposed to build a road-cum-metro flyover from K.R. Puram Metro Station to the flyover on Outer Ring Road, it is also exploring other cost-effective solutions to decongest the area to allow construction of two parallel metro lines on a stretch of Old Madras Road (OMR).

Officials are contemplating the feasibility of widening the road from ORR flyover towards the K.R. Puram hanging bridge. This will help traffic moving towards Whitefield and Marathahalli. “We have started initial work to widen the road from the other end, K.R. Puram Metro Station towards ORR flyover,” said BMRCL officials.

The one-km stretch sees traffic gridlock every day during peak hours much to the dismay of motorists travelling towards Whitefield and Marathahalli. Only once this is addressed will the BMRCL be able to make headway on two proposed metro extensions: the extension of the Purple Line from Baiyappanahalli to Whitefield and the extension of the proposed ORR line to Kempegowda International Airport starting from K.R. Puram interchange station.

Motorists who use the route regularly say that it is becoming a nightmare. “Once we get down from the ORR flyover, it takes more than 30 minutes just to cross a kilometre. Over the years, the traffic congestion is getting worse. Now, the authorities have taken up the work on this busy road,” said Hariprasad who uses this route every day to reach office.

Traffic personnel manning the area feel that widening the busy road on either side is necessary. “Several months ago, BMRCL had erected metro pillars that made vehicular movement more difficult. However, work in the middle of the road has stopped. We had requested the metro officials to remove the barricades as they are blocking traffic movement. In the morning, controlling traffic moving towards Whitefield is very difficult. Unless the existing roads are widened prior to taking up future metro works, we see no other solution,” said traffic police officials.

Ajay Seth, Managing Director of BMRCL, said: “The State government had entrusted the BMRCL to see how we can decongest the area. Along with building a double decker flyover, we are exploring other possibilities such as upgrading existing infrastructure. The study is ongoing and we will finalise the project depending on the feasibility. The BMRCL will also discuss the plan with the other civic agencies in the city.”

While motorists acknowledge that once completed, the metro lines will be a boon, they stressed on the need to address the gridlock first. “After metro work on Whitefield Road, the roads have become narrow. The BMRCL had promised that roads will be widened and footpaths will be built across the stretch for the benefit of motorists and pedestrians prior to taking up the project. They, however, have not stuck to the promise,” said another motorist Anil K.

Land acquisition

BMRCL has already acquired land required for the extension of metro line from Baiyappanahali to Whitefield in the area, and is building Jyotipuram metro station between Baiyappanahalli and K.R. Puram interchange stations. This station will help people travel towards Whitefield or towards the city.

For airport metro extension line, BMRCL is in the process of acquiring land. As per the revised alignment plan, after K.R. Puram station, the BMRCL is planning to combine Kasturinagar and Channasandra as one station.

The BMRCL has constructed metro on the median of Old Madras Road. The metro officials have been asked to remove the barricades as they are blocking traffic movement.

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