Good News for the techies community and others commuting to and from Electronics City and Koramangala. BBMP’s new project for three underpasses on the arterial road.
Hosur Road, the tech corridor that links Electronics City with Bangalore, will get three underpasses at key junctions for a smoother everyday commute. The underpasses, at an estimated cost of Rs 29 crore, will come up near Forum Mall, Mari Gowda junction (Madiwala checkpost) and Sarjapur Road junction.
The project has got the nod from BBMP’s major works standing committee, and is expected to be executed after the civic budget is out in the first week of June.
Mr. G H Ramchandra, standing committee chairman said, “It is one of the most important projects for us. There is a major traffic problem during the peak hours there, especially in the evenings. We have planned the underpasses near Forum Mall, at the Mari Gowda Road junction near the Madiwala checkpost, and at the Sarjapur junction near St John’s Hospital. We will make provisions for the project in the budget.”
The peak traffic density at Forum Mall is 10,000 vehicles per hour, while it is 8,000 at Mari Gowda junction and 14,000 at Sarjapur junction. During peak hours, it takes around 20 minutes to go from Sarjapur junction to Forum Mall. After the project’s completion, that is expected to be reduced to just 10 minutes.
Mr. Lokesh, Executive Engineer said, “These three are the most important junctions in the city. Traffic density is very high and commuters are invariably stuck in traffic jams. The objective of the underpasses is that not a single vehicle should stop at these junctions. Each underpass will be 7.50 metres wide, enough to accommodate two buses easily. The underpass we built at Maharani’s junction is six metres wide, making it difficult for a bus and a car to go through it simultaneously.”
Commuters from Mari Gowda Road towards Koramangala will have to take a curved ramp from the Forum Mall underpass, while those from Koramangala towards Adugodi Road will have to go through the underpass.
Mr. K T Nagaraja, chief engineer in-charge, major works, said, “This major road connects the central business district with the south of the city as well as Hosur in Tamil Nadu. Koramangala and Electronics City are software and biotech hubs, and Hosur Road is a vital arterial road linking this zone to the heart of the city.”
Source : bangaloremirror