Four-laning work piles up vehicles on B’luru-Nilgiris Rd
Mysuru: Tourists visiting Mysuru Palace and the Mysuru Zoo can heave a sigh of relief this Dasara season. The four-laning of the Bengaluru-Nilgiris road is nearing completion and will be opened for trafficbefore the Dasara season. The 1-kilometre stretch is being widened at a cost of Rs 17 crore and concretized. As the stretch is in the vicinity of the palace, it is closed for traffic movement. This has led to traffic congestion in the surrounding areas. Given the increase in the density of vehicles in the city area during the Dasara season, Krishnaraja MLA M K Somashekar asked PWD authorities to complete the project and open the road for public use by the third week of September.
Dasara starts from September 2,1 while the Dasara procession is scheduled to be held on September 30.
The PWD launched the work six months back, and has completed a major portion of the work, like building two bridges and concretization of the road. A bridge is being constructed, which needs to be completed in two weeks.
Somashekar told TOI that he has asked PWD officials to complete the pending works by September 10, and open the road before the Dasara festival. ”The road works will be completed soon, and it will be opened for motorists by Dasara,” he stated.
After widening and concretization of roads surrounding the palace, the 1-km stretch which connects tourists sports to Nanjangud road, was left out. The state government funded the project to ensure that there is uniformity, said sources. The road in front of the palace was made four lanes last year, while the Nanjangud road is being widened by the National Highways Authority of India as part of developing NH-766.
The traffic police led by DCP (Traffic) Vikram Amate inspected the stretch with the MLA, and discussed about traffic flow, given that there is a bottleneck at Nanjangud road. As a lorry stand is located next to the newly-developed stretch and heavy vehicles ply on the road, police are working out details to ensure that the road is safe for motorists, by deviating the traffic flow. The MLA said he has asked the traffic police to ensure that the motorists are not inconvenienced after the road is opened.
Source: Times of India