Link road to Bengaluru airport pockmarked with potholes | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Bengaluru: A three-km stretch of the much-hyped alternative road to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), commonly called the Airport Link Road or Hennur-Bagalur Road, is a motorist’s nightmare. Reason: The stretch extending from Hennur junction to Kothanur police station is riddled with 406 potholes and is barely motorable.
While 233 potholes and five large craters dot the carriageway leading to the airport, the stretch on return direction has 173 potholes and three huge craters. Some of the craters here are as big as five feet.
Rakesh Kumar, a working professional who often commutes on the road, said, “The road has been in this state for nearly a year now. When it rains, the potholes and craters fill with water and traffic is directed towards one side of the road. It is embarrassing to think there is an international airport at one end of this road.”
At some spots, the carriageway margins are littered with silt, sand and debris, leaving motorists with no choice but to move towards the middle of the road, which too is pockmarked with potholes.
Somashekar K, who runs a hotel on the stretch, said, “The road condition has affected businesses here. I have never seen this road in a motorable state.”
“The drains here are higher than the level of the road, so every spell of rain turns this place into a canal. It takes minimum 30 to 45 minutes for traffic to clear out in the evenings,” he explained. The road is littered with gravel stones, which can throw two-wheeler riders off balance.
Dr Ajith Benedict, medical director of Hosmat Hospital, said, “With a new branch of the hospital coming up at Hennur Junction, we are very concerned about the state of the road. If a patient being brought in an ambulance is in pain, the potholed road will only exacerbate the condition. I travel on this road often and even had to take painkillers and physiotherapy for three days as my back starts hurting.”
Traffic police on duty say the condition of the road has made it difficult to manage vehicles, resulting in an increase in the number of accidents on the stretch.
S Chandrasekhar, a residing at Hennur Cross for 40 years, said, “The road has been in this condition since 2016. Every time they do a shoddy job of filling potholes. Since traffic density is high, the patch work gives away in about three months. We don’t know who to contact in this regard, but this needs to be sorted at the earliest.”
Residents of Hennur say the potholes keep reappearing because rainwater inlets are not cleaned regularly; after every shower there is waterlogging and stagnant water leads to formation of potholes.
Need to rebuild from scratch, says civic official
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A senior BBMP infrastructure official said, “The road comes under the category of negative roads. Potholes can’t be filled here. The road has to be rebuilt from scratch. Resurfacing this road will be taken up next week.”
“Utilities like Bescom, KPTCL and BWSSB are constantly digging up the road, without proper restoration. In fact, there is no point in restoring the road as it will again be dug up after a month or so,” he added.





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