Bengaluru

The chaotic Hudson Circle

A view of Hudson. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.  

One can only shrug off the irony, with a mutter and a swear word or two, that the headquarters of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is right in front of the chaotic Hudson Circle.

With over 24,000 vehicles passing through the circle during peak hours, the area has been identified as the busiest corridor in the city, according to a recent study done by the Bangalore Traffic Police. Often, one has to dangerously push their way across the width of the road to take one of the eight major roads that lead in or out of the circle. Anyone stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at K.R. Circle or Town Hall junction can testify that the cause is more-often-than-not the pile-up at Hudson Circle.

According to the study, while the average speed in the city is estimated to be around 9.2kmph, eight major corridors see a desperate crawl during peak hours.

For instance, it takes 90 minutes to travel 4 km between Beniganahalli to Mahadevpura; while, on Bannerghatta Road, between Dairy Circle to Sagar Hospital, it takes 20 minutes to travel just 800 meters. In the north, a distance of 2km between Nagawara Junction and Veeranapalya on Hennur Road takes 60 minutes to travel, says the study.

The report suggests signal-free corridors, grade separators in affected areas, primarily at Town Hall junction, N.R. Square, Halasuru Gate Police Station junction, HRBR Layout, Indiranagar 80 feet Road as well as the widening of the Hebbal flyover.


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