Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway Ring Road junction widened
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Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway Ring Road junction widened

May 23, 2023

Length of medians reduced to enable movement of more vehicles

Mysore/Mysuru: The City Police have found a stop-gap solution to prevent the frequent traffic snarls at the ever busy Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway Ring Road junction (Kempegowda Circle) near Manipal Hospital. The jurisdictional Narasimharaja (NR) Traffic Police today started widening the Circle by removing and reinstalling the poles of signal lights, with the help of cranes, by about 10-feet away from the earlier spot.

The length of the medians stretching towards the Circle from all the four sides are also reduced so that four to five vehicles can zip past at a time, thus reducing the passage time of the vehicles during rush hours.

The 42.5 kms long Outer Ring Road of Mysuru connects Bengaluru Road, Bannur Road, T. Narasipur Road, Nanjangud Road and Hunsur Road, passing through many junctions, with Mysuru-Bengaluru Road junction being the most busiest one.

According to sources, the measures taken by the Police is a temporary solution as National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had proposed to build a flyover at the same Manipal Hospital junction to address the traffic bottlenecks, as the very junction serves as both entry and exit points of Mysuru.

It is common to see vehicles lined up to a distance on either side (the exit point from Mysuru side and entry point from Bengaluru side) daily, that grows by manifold during weekends and tourist seasons and turns more worse during Nada Habba Mysuru Dasara, with the arrival of tourists in hordes.

Bumper-to-bumper ride of four-wheelers, buses and lorries, repeat honking of vehicles and the two-wheelers snaking through every available gaps to shove up, testing the patience of other drivers/riders are all common at this junction.

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It is undeniably the horrendous experience of many vehicular users at the tail-end of waiting for the green light to turn on, to wait for nearly 30 minutes, to speed through the junction, eventually with a sigh of relief.

If this is about other vehicular users, the ambulances that normally get easy way, with the concerned people paving the way, also have a similar woe to narrate, though Manipal Hospital is just a stone’s throw away.

All these and many other traffic issues had turned into a bane even for Police Officers, who are often at the receiving end of the public. Amid traffic jams, Police stopping the vehicles in the name of inspection, is yet another reason for the grouse of vehicular users.

7 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mysuru-Bengaluru Highway Ring Road junction widened”

  1. Sanjay Kini says:

    While Europe is moving towards sustainable transportation by using public transport and building cycle lanes in cities like Paris,Amsterdam and Copenhagen , in our country people who are still of the 1970 mindset when their parents were young then car was a status symbol when roads were empty.Today the people in 50’s especially IT middle class to millionaires are thinking the same status symbol as car.Atleast the generation Alpha when they grow up will change and we will see sustainable transportation movement in India .That is the only way to reduce the number of vehicles on roads.

  2. Javagal Srinath says:

    They should apply tar on the widened area, otherwise it is an hassle to travel on a dusty road.

  3. @Sanjay Kini – The best indicator/metric of development and prosperity of a Nation these days if the rich/ weatlhy people in the society travel by public transport. The quality of public transport must be such providing end-end connectivity. (comfort, safety, timeliness and easy access/avaiability).

  4. Peshin says:

    @Kini
    You have been wrong on all matters, you have touched upon.
    Possessing cars is still a status symbol, particuarly, the if the models are German. It is a dowry-demnding symbol too.
    In India, piblic transport is a symbol of working class.
    Donot try to transplant what is happening in European countries to India. India is a third world, corrupt country and every one aspiring to buy expensive cars, watches and the latest IPhone models, where as in Europe these aspirations are very much contained and even ridiculed.
    India’s population is accelerating towards the disaster zone, as it has overtaken China’s population.
    Providing facilties like the expressway, hoping it will solve the congestion in transport, becomes soon a bad idea, as the massive numbers of people. start using it, with car culture firmly embedded in, and soon, this expressway becomes inadequate and not fit for the purpose.
    @Prasad
    Your observation, works only in Europe, and is feasible only when the population of the country is at a tolerable level. Also, where, the quality of the public transport is high, in infrastructure and in services. This is not the case in India. India has managed to absorb the worst aspects of the US, the car culture and the private health care.

  5. Jalandhara says:

    The car has been a prestige and status symbol in India decades ago . Now, it is the model of the car like the Audi!
    Swiss watches like the Rolex watches were the status symbol then, and even now-the difference being the models of Swiss watches , one has on the wrist-Hublot and Patek Philipe on the wrist produce a massive uplift of the status!
    Indians are the victims of this status mania, ever since the country emerged into a the modern civilisation.
    I live in a Western European country. Onev day, I got a telephone call in my landline from my nephew who I had not seen for years, wanting to visit me, saying he came with his Indian techie mates for a display in a tech exhibition taking place in my city. He wanted me to pick him up in my car. I said, I do not have one, as our public transport is excellent, and directed him to follow the metro route, which he did reluctantly and landed at my door. He came in looked at my 22″ TV, my ordinary wall clock, my old model mobile phone, and lastly glanced at my wrist hoping to see an expensive watch. He was very disappointed. But was happy to tell his mother, my sister on his return to India that I was just a poor person, and possibly was earning less than himself on a hand-to-mouth existence! Well, that is Indian for you!

  6. Sachin says:

    @Sanjay Kini, Opposing car culture does not mean we should not upgrade our infrastructure. Infrastructure plays a very key role in a nations economy. People use public transport in Europe. But this has not prevented them from building highways and expressways. If the entire population is using public transport, then why does Germany even have Autobahn network? Also its not just public cars which use highways, even freight uses it. So its utmost important to keep the country’s infrastructure top notch. Debating on car vs public transport comes next. Also there are many cases when cars are indeed needed. Say you have a very elderly person in your house, who find it very difficult to travel in public transport. So would you force them to use public transport there also. Also the public transport infrastructure in our country cannot support our population. Its evident during festivals and election times, when there are no seats available. Europe has
    very less population. So public transport may suite them. In our its necessary to diversify transport rather than to overburden the public transport system. Public transport is good, but talking about outright banning of cars is stupid.

  7. Raampur Ka Laxman!! says:

    Hello ?Sachin
    TYpical Indian dullard and a car-loving Indian scoundrel.
    You must be an IT Techie coolie doing software coding work, prograaming lines of code, a no brainer!
    Public transport by defunition is called a mass transit, conveying large numbers of people from one place to another.
    This means, it is more appropriate for your country of teeming millions of people.
    Your brain is so small, that it cannot fathom the scenarios that instead of a number of people travelling in a single train, if each of them drive a car , then the 10-lane Mysore-Bangalore expressway gets clogged with cars soon, which is already happening.
    What a brain you have to post that nonsense!

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