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Nayandahalli underpass to ease traffic woes

Anil Kumar Sastry

It will reduce the distance between Nayandahalli and Sumanahalli by 12 km


Traffic will be soon allowed on the outer ring road directly crossing the Mysore Road

The stretch between Kengeri and Kimco Junction will get decongested considerably


— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

LESS STRESSFUL COMMUTE:Initially, vehicles will have to use the service roads near the underpass at Nayandahalli junction as the main carriageway is yet to get final touches.

BANGALORE: Commuters on Mysore Road can now heave a sigh of relief as the perpetually clogged Nayandahalli junction is set to lose its notoriety.

With the Outer Ring Road railway underpass near Nayandahalli junction ready, the traffic police and the Bangalore Development Authority will, in a couple of days, allow direct traffic between Banashankari and Sumanahalli-Tumkur Road across Mysore Road.

Free left

From Thursday, vehicles from Mysore side on the Mysore Road can take a free left at the junction and pass through the underpass and proceed towards Nagarabhavi, Vijayanagar, Sumanahalli and Tumkur Road. The road is almost ready, said BDA Executive Engineer M.H.M. Sriprakash, who heads the project.

Initially, vehicles will have to use the service roads near the underpass as the main carriageway is yet to get the final touches.

The incomplete railway underpass had been the bottleneck preventing seamless journey across the ORR (Outer Ring Road) after the BDA had thrown open the Sumanahalli flyover in January this year. It had completed the ORR till the Railway line via Nagarabhavi.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-West), Panduranga H. Rane told The Hindu the police intends to allow traffic on the ORR directly crossing Mysore Road in two days.

This will considerably reduce the pressure on Mysore Road, he said.

Thus, vehicles from Banashankari can directly proceed via Nagarabhavi on the newly constructed ORR stretch to reach Tumkur Road, Mr. Rane said. Also, vehicles from Mysore towards Vijayanagar which drive either through the Jnanabharathi campus or via Kimco Junction (BHEL) can now take a left turn after Nayandahalli and reach their destinations faster.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security) Praveen Sood said with the opening of the junction at Nayandahalli, the ORR will become a ring road in the real sense.

Hitherto, it was not one in the strictest sense as vehicles from Banashankari had to take a detour from Nayandahalli all the way up to Kengeri on Mysore Road, take a right turn towards Kengeri Satellite Town to join Magadi Road at Kottigepalya on their way towards Tumkur Road.

Saving time

Opening of the Nayandahalli junction will not only reduce the distance between Nayandahalli and Sumanahalli by about 12 km, but also save considerable amount of time and driving hassles, said Mr. Sood.

This will also ensure that the stretch of Mysore Road between Kengeri and Kimco Junction will get decongested considerably.

Mr. Sood said that the Kimco junction as well as Chord Road have become highly congested due to the ongoing Namma Metro work.

Direct movement will not only offer succour to vehicle users but also provide additional work space for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation. The waiting time at Nayandahalli junction signal may increase but this will be insignificant compared to the time wasted earlier, he added.

Other projects

However, work is under way on two other projects nearby — Namma Metro and a grade separator. This may dilute the benefits of the upgraded Nayandahalli junction.

To minimise inconvenience to road users because of these two projects, a comprehensive traffic management plan has been drawn in consultation with all the stakeholders.

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