Bangalore is famous for traffic in areas like Outer Ring Road. There have been instances where people were stuck for hours and waiting for the congestion to clear. With the introduction of the Namma Metro, there was a possibility of a reduction in traffic. But now, with the Silk Board Junction flyover being partially closed for Metro work, there are chances that Bangalore traffic will escalate to new levels!
Bangalore Traffic To Get Worse!
A side of the city’s Silk Board Junction flyover will reportedly be partially blocked as part of metro construction, according to reports from the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL). In a statement, the Namma Metro said that the up and down ramp of the flyover near Madiwala, which is 2.5 metres on either side of the main highway, would be blocked off for four months.
With a length of 72.2 kilometres, Namma Metro is the second-largest metro system in the nation. Another 97.84 kilometres are being built. There are 66 stations in the Namma Metro, 59 of which are underground.
Currently, Namma Metro has two lines: the Green and Purple lines. The Bengaluru metro’s Purple Line is 42.17 km long and has 37 stops, while the Green Line is 3 km long and has 29 stations. The 97.84 km-long Yellow, Pink, and Blue lines are still under development.
The state government of Karnataka will be calling for public bids for a 190 km long tunnel within 45 days, according to Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakuma, who made the announcement earlier this month. The tunnel is intended to relieve traffic congestion in the city.
According to him, the companies will investigate and report on the best layout for the tunnel road, including whether it should have four or six lanes, where it should start and end, and whether it should be extended throughout the city.
He also stated that the engineers of BBMP should address the issue of potholes with the help of traffic police. While explaining that it is normal to get potholes during monsoon, he promises that these roadblocks will be solved immediately in the important areas of the city.
The Issue With The Flyover
The Silk Junction Flyover is a gateway to two IT clusters. One of them is Outer Ring Road, which comprises Marathahalli, Whitefield and Bellandur. Another is Electronic City located towards the south. Their proximity is the reason for such a disastrous traffic jam at the junction.
In fact, it is featured among the seven worst traffic bottlenecks in India! This has caused the place to become one of the two most polluted areas in the city. And has recorded high levels of residual suspended particulate matter over the national permissible limit.
Steps Taken To Ensure Free Vehicular Movement:
1. Silk Board junction bus stop was moved 250 feet away from the junction.
2. The government approved a 16-kilometre controlled access road.
3. A Metro line from Silk Road junction was approved.
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