No care for KR Puram flyover
Once the cynosure of growing Bengaluru has become an eyesore, depicting the crumbling infrastructure of the city today. The
Sunil Kumar, a techie, said, “The KR Puram flyover has been in a dilapidated condition for years, and it’s getting worse every passing day. With the large footfall on the bridge, you’d think that they would prioritize getting it fixed.”
The KR Puram flyover came into existence with an old railway over the bridge being razed. Years of traffic diversion later, Bengaluru’s first cable-stayed bridge was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, who famously compared the new bridge to Bengal’s Howrah bridge. However, years of neglect have rendered the bridge in a deplorable state.
Sukumar PS, executive committee member of
Ramesh Reddy, a resident of KR Puram said, “Over a year ago, the flyover’s retaining wall was damaged but has not been fixed yet.” Sukumar added, “Not only is the flyover dangerous, but the drains below the flyover are also either slush or encroached by hawkers.”
Not just the KR Puram flyover, but multiple flyovers between KR Puram and Central Silk Board have become trouble for motorists. In most parts of these flyovers, the asphalt has been worn out and fish plates are weathering.
While the Agara flyover has seen many accidents due to pothole-ridden roads, the service roads near the Kadubeesanahalli underpass are in poor shape. The worst part is that despite residents raising complaints with BBMP, nothing has been done for years.
“The stretch between Central Silk Board to KR Puram is a tech corridor, where a number of top tech companies are situated. Thousands of employees travel by this stretch every day. Many foreign dignitaries, especially the visitors to the tech companies, would take this road to reach the worksite.
Despite all of this, the roads never seem to have been upgraded. How can the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ignore this?” said Priyanka Chaturvedi, a techie.
The KR Puram flyover has been in a dilapidated condition for years, and it’s getting worse every passing day. With the large footfall on the bridge, you’d think that they would prioritize getting it fixed
– Sunil Kumar, a techie
Many have also reported being in minor accidents caused due to the terrible roads.
Sandesh Rangarajan, a techie who takes this road every day, said, “Riding or driving on this stretch is always a bad experience. Whether you take a bus or a cab or think you can snake through traffic on your motorbike, the bad roads will at least leave you with a backache.”