Water-logging on Expressway leaves commuters enraged
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Water-logging on Expressway leaves commuters enraged

March 18, 2023

Mysore/Mysuru: Less than a week after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway witnessed water-logging this morning after slight overnight rains, leading to traffic snarls.

The flooding near an underpass near Sangabasavanadoddi between Ramanagara and Bidadi led to chaos as vehicles were spotted stuck in traffic jams.

The water remained stagnant in the underbridge on the Highway, leading to a series of bumper-to-bumper accidents that resulted in slow-moving vehicles and long periods of traffic jams. This is the same underbridge that flooded last year when Karnataka received unprecedented rains.

Several vehicles broke down and several accidents were reported. Sharing photos and videos of the flooding on social media, many commuters expressed their anguish over serial accidents, vehicle breakdowns and the resulting chaos. Some distressed commuters lashed out against Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the Prime Minister for damage to  their vehicles, and questioned whether the Highway was ready for inauguration.

Cars half-submerged

My car was half submerged in the water-logged underbridge. It switched off, and a lorry approaching from behind rammed into my car. Who will be held responsible for this? I am requesting CM Bommai to get my car repaired. PM Modi inaugurated the Highway, did he even check with his Road and Transport Ministry whether the road was ready for inauguration? Should we suffer for the sake of vote bank politics? They demand a whopping toll fee, what’s the use?” Vikas, a commuter, told reporters.

Nagaraju, another agitated commuter said his vehicle was the first in the bumper-to-bumper accidents involving seven to eight vehicles. “Who will be held responsible? They would have cleared the water-logging within 10 minutes if the PM was to arrive. There is no space for water to recede,” he said.

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Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India authorities clarified that they had left space for drains. “But some villagers blocked the drains with mud resulting in flooding. We are clearing it and the road will be open as usual,” an officer said.

CM says NHAI will rectify

When his attention was drawn towards the flooding of the Expressway just a week after its inauguration, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Chamarajanagar this morning that the NHAI will restore the road by making suitable repairs.

“See it rained in the Ramanagara region last night and such problems are common when the downpour is heavy. The NHAI will restore the road,” he said.

8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Water-logging on Expressway leaves commuters enraged”

  1. dasappa says:

    After spending Eight Thousand Crores of Rupees for so called Mysuru- Bengaluru express highway , if for one unseasonal rain in summer its gets water logged and traffic is blocked just after six days of opening by P.M. on 12 march 2023 . Then what is the use of spending huge amount and hefty toll collection?

  2. Jogekal Lingappa says:

    This occurs in a Highway which is very new. Think of the state of this Highway, 12 months from now.
    Water logging, accidents, highway armed robbery, too gates malfunction and above all very congested traffic which extends the journey time to more than 3 hours!
    After boasting about India while inaugurating this Highway Modi is gone, MP Simha has suddenly become very silent and moustached Bommia is making a simple statement.
    If you are a betting person , take a bet saying that this Highway will be like Mysore-Nanjangud Highway in 12 months with pot holes and road surface destruction in places. You will win!
    Jai Hind! Independent India, and Tech India!!
    BTW, where is Sanjay Kini? He should be talking about tourism using this waterlogged Highway!!

  3. Shomri Shomar says:

    Looks like this Highway, so much boasted by Indian politicians in power, was designed and constructed without taking into account the effect of rains, one sees in India. Indian roads literally become mini lakes connecting with the sewer with faeces floating.
    Think about the monsoon seaso, and how dreadful this Highway can become then.

  4. boregowda says:

    Does NHAI also pay the mandatory 40% cut? If so, no wonder the “State of the Art” highway is a joke

  5. Ajay says:

    A lot is being said in hyperbolic terms about how fast one can commute between Bengaluru and Mysuru via the expressway. However, one needs to take into account that the 90 minutes or the 60 minutes time that people are talking about is the time taken from Manipal Hospital to Nice Road Junction and vice versa. But the Super Fast trains are already covering the same distance in around the same time. In fact, super fast trains cover the distance between Majestic and Mysore Railway Station in 2 hours 15 minutes. If one travels by bus to Bengaluru then the person would have get down at Satellite Bus Stand and take either BMTC or Metro to reach Majestic which would take at least extra 30 minutes or more.

  6. Shanky says:

    Please please , dont worry madko bedi , swalpa adjust maadi
    We will arrange another inauguration soon- by you know who

  7. Vinod says:

    Those who do not want to pay toll are thinking of using the service road but I feel that would be risky as service roads on both sides are two-way. Better to use old road wherever possible instead of risking life by driving speedily on service road.

  8. Vinod says:

    Those who do not want to pay toll are thinking of using the service road but I feel that would be risky as service roads on both sides are two-way. Better to use old road wherever possible instead of risking life by driving speedily on service road.

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