Bengaluru: Traffic came to a grinding halt in various parts of Koramangala, especially between Dairy Circle and Forum Mall, after the City’s municipal corporation closed a 1.4-km stretch for the white-topping project. The traffic snarls and the commotion came as a rude shock for the office-going commuters, who were stuck on the road for several hours.
The main cause for the unusual traffic jam is the closure of a busy Dr Marigowda Road and a part of Hosur road near Dairy Circle for the white topping project. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) started the work on Tuesday, and the road will remain closed for the next two months.
Hoping to minimise the traffic congestion, vehicles were told to take a diversion from Dairy Circle to Hosur road via Bannerghatta road near MICO road cross and then head towards Forum Mall and St John’s Hospital to reach Hosur Road. Before starting the work, the BBMP had said that they have permission from the police to close the stretch for 60 days.
The alternate route measures were of little or no help the commuters. Motorists had a miserable time driving through bumper-to-bumper traffic on several roads. Some complained that it took at least 30 minutes to cover a distance of about 2 kilometres and they were late to office by one hour. Though the traffic police were deployed in large numbers, they struggled to regulate the traffic.
This is not the first time Hosur road is being closed for the white-topping project. Over the last 3 years, the busy and most congested stretch is being regularly dug up in the name of upgrading the road.
Some motorists used social media to vent their ire. “Did BBMP just plan the whole White topping fiasco at Dairy Circle without planning an alternate route? It’s a complete mayhem out there in Bangalore today,” read a post on Twitter by Rwiddha Mitra.
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