Inaugurated Less Than A Week Ago, The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway Flooded After Pre-Monsoon Downpour

by Mallika Khurana
Inaugurated Less Than A Week Ago, The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway Flooded After Pre-Monsoon Downpour

After the city experienced some rain on Friday, the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi had opened six days earlier, was inundated. On social media, images of the conditions have appeared. The Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway flooded in Ramanagara following the storm that hit the area on Friday night and into Saturday morning, raising questions about its resilience to the rains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced the opening of the motorway.

In the vicinity of Bengaluru’s neighbouring Ramanagara district, the 118 km long Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway was constructed at a cost of ₹8,480 crores.

Rainfall Drowned Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway

The National Roads Authority of India (NHAI) had pledged to remedy the problem after the same area was drowned for days during the severe rains of the previous year. Many said that the motorway was built hastily in order to open it before the subsequent elections, which led to harsh condemnation of the authorities following the incident.

A substantial volume of water is seen spilling onto the road in a video released by BRS party member Y Sathish Reddy on Friday.

In the videos, the water could be seen to be slowing down traffic on the road. The travellers’ pace on the high-speed, access-controlled motorway was slowed by the water logging. In addition, numerous bumper-to-bumper collisions on the motorway were also reported as a result of the water and rain.

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NHAI Attempted To Rectify The Situation

On Saturday morning, NHAI representatives arrived at the area that had been inundated and began clearing the floodwater. The 118-kilometre-long Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, which reduces travel time from three hours to roughly 75 minutes, was officially opened by PM Modi on March 12.

The highway is being constructed in two stages, with the first spanning 61 km between Nidaghatta and Mysore and the second 58 km between Bengaluru and Nidaghatta. There are eight kilometres of elevated corridors on the route.

Cover Image Courtesy: Twitter/Kamran