Bengaluru: One of the major IT corridors in the city, the Intermediate Ring Road (IRR) that stretches between Indiranagar and Koramangala has been in a very poor shape, thanks to neglect by civic authorities.
During peak hours it is a nightmare for road users as in addition to bumper-to-bumper traffic, they have to contend with potholes and silt removed from nearby drains. There are no cycle tracks on this road.
The problem gets aggravated when it rains as some stretches get waterlogged. Traffic movement comes to standstill and the potholes reduce the speed of vehicles.
Mohit Srivastava, an employee of EZETAP mobile solutions, travels between HAL quarters at Nagavara Palya main road and HSR Layout. He said the road is very bad and it takes almost one hour to cover a distance of 12 km.
“I can throw a challenge not a single pothole-free stretch of one kilometre is available from Old Madras Road to HSR Layout. The road has a lot of loopholes and poor traffic management. The stretch near Embassy Golf Links (EGL) is very chaotic as the entry and exit of vehicles from the offices affect the traffic flow on IRR,” he said.
Potholes have not been attended to for a long time and after the recent wet spell many have widened into craters, posing a threat to vehicle users. He said, “It is not just the BBMP or the state government that needs to be blamed, but even the motorist are at fault. Many tend to jump over the median, which often lead to accidents or near miss situations.”
Cabs parked outside the EGL occupy a lane of the road and thus reduce the right of way for other vehicles. For most motorists negotiating the U-turn, located in the middle of IRR is a major challenge.
Lakshmi Narayan, an employee of EGL campus, said the bad condition of roads coupled with poor policing is putting motorists to hardship.
Another area prone to traffic gridlocks is Sony World Junction. For most motorists it is an endless wait and the journey further down towards Domlur is horrible. The BBMP must repair the roads, Narayan added.
In addition, at some stretches the silt that was removed from the drains has not been carted away and are lying on the footpath, making it impossible for the pedestrian to use the footpath. They often end up risking their lives by walking on the road, he added....