A spectacular roundabout!


KR Circle wears a newly revamped look, the second junction to be re-designed as part of Palike’s plan

The all-new KR Circle is ready. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is scheduled to inaugurate the remodeled junction on September 15, which also coincides with the 160th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna awardee Sir M Visvesvaraya.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) spent about Rs 2 crore to lay multi-coloured paver blocks, build a water fountain, install LED lights, etc. KR Circle is the second junction to be re-designed as part of BBMP’s plan to improve as many as 45 junctions in the city. The civic body had recently developed Windsor Manor Junction by undertaking several interventions including the installation of ‘Make in India’ logo.

“We will soon be re-designing Chalukya Circle,” Ashok Bagi, in-charge executive engineer of BBMP’s Traffic Engineering Cell (TEC) said. He said that the junction improvement work at RT Nagar circle was nearly complete.

At KR Circle, BBMP has also installed the statue of Sir M Visvesvaraya, which will be unveiled by the chief minister on Wednesday. The junction, officials said, is being developed as a public space with improved appearance. The motorists too stand to benefit with the new makeover as the round-about is expected to cut down travel time by half a minute.

“Spectacular makeover,” Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said in his tweet about the KR Circle design. “Bengaluru was known as a city of circles. Most of the main road junctions had beautiful roundabouts. Increased traffic flow has consumed most of them. One of the very few surviving circles that has been given a spectacular makeover,” he said.

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Meanwhile, some citizens said that the BBMP is investing most of its resources in improving only the Central Business District (CBD) areas. They want the civic body to provide basic amenities such as pothole-free roads before spending funds on beautification.

This is one of the very few surviving circles in the city that has been given a spectacular makeover

– Dr K Sudhakar, Health Minister

An ‘experimental’ circle

This is not the first time that KR Circle has been revamped. It was one of the first junctions to become signal-free when traffic signals were replaced with a rotary system where vehicles could go in turns. However, as this system failed to work, traffic signals were brought back, and the rotary was removed. Then, even that was removed and recently, cobblestones were laid at the junction.

KR Circle has been undergoing multiple changes with every traffic experiment being conducted there. Earlier, there used to be a huge circle. Then, KR Circle (from Subedar Chatram Road) was made one-way. Then, it was made bi-directional after cutting down trees and widening the road. Pedestrian underpasses were constructed so that they need not cross the road and obstruct traffic. Later, a vehicular underpass was constructed near Cubbon Park Road so that vehicles coming from Vidhana Soudha could go directly towards Nrupatunga Road to avoid KR Circle traffic. Later, the median height was increased so that jaywalkers could be restricted.



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