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Temporary relaxation of one-way rule in CBD being considered

Traffic woes:Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa and councillors inspecting the Sayyaji Rao Road in Mysuru on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Traffic woes:Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa and councillors inspecting the Sayyaji Rao Road in Mysuru on Wednesday.— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM  

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Closing of Sayyaji Rao Road for concretisation has led to traffic chaos

With traffic chaos on the roads in the central business district ever since the Sayyaji Rao Road was closed for laying concrete by the Public Works Department (PWD) about a week ago, the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) authorities have convened a meeting of traffic police officials on Thursday to consider a temporary relaxation of one-way rule on D. Devaraj Urs Road, Dhanwantri Road, and Ashoka Road.

Speaking to The Hindu after inspecting the on-going development works in the city along with MCC Commissioner C.G. Betsurmath and a few councillors, including the former Mayors and Deputy Mayors on Wednesday, Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa said the meeting is expected to take a decision on allowing two-way movement of traffic on these key roads to ease traffic flow.

“We will explore options of allowing two-way traffic till the ongoing works on Sayyaji Rao Road is completed. With PWD scheduled to complete the work in two months, we will discuss with the traffic police if the one-way rule can be relaxed till such time,” he said.

With Sayyaji Rao Road out of bounds, motorists are not only facing a huge parking space crunch on D. Devaraj Urs Road, but also traffic bottlenecks, particularly near the Dewan’s Road junction, where vehicles take a right turn.

Motorists have also complained of a new bottlenecks, post-closure of Sayyaji Rao Road, at the intersection of Irwin Road with Seshadri Iyer Road (in front of the entrance to J.K. Grounds).

The closure of Sayyaji Rao Road is having a cascading effect on the surrounding roads including Dhanwantri Road and Ashoka Road. Hence, the move to relax the one-ways, Mr. Bhyrappa said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Madaiah is expected to participate in the meeting convened by the Mayor on the MCC premises on Thursday. Earlier, Mr. Bhyrappa, accompanied by Mr. Betsurmath and the councillors, inspected the Jamboo Savari route which is being concretised.

He ruled out the possibility of taking up work on Sayyaji Rao Road in two phases as demanded by the traders.

Mr. Bhyrappa also visited Town Hall, where the multi-level parking centre is being built, and Hardinge Circle, where the statue of late Maharaja of Mysore Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar is scheduled to be unveiled on June 19. “Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has agreed to participate in the programme,” he said.

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