Panathur-Balagere Main Road: Daily hell for vehicle users

The Panathur-Balagere Main Road has emerged as one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Bengaluru.

Published: 11th March 2019 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2019 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

Vehicles line up on one side of the road on Balagere-Panathur road.

Vehicles line up on one side of the road on Balagere-Panathur road.

Express News Service

BENGALURU: The Panathur-Balagere Main Road has emerged as one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in the city. Used as a short cut by vehicle users to commute from Whitefield, Varthur, Gunjur and Panathur to Outer Ring Road and vice versa, the traffic pile-up on this road is caused by two narrow spots along a 300-metre stretch.

At both these spots — the narrow railway underpass near Bellandur Road railway station, and the S-turn located 150m from it — only one heavy vehicle and a two-wheeler can pass through.

Four security personnel hired by the residents of an apartment complex, Shobha Collosus, and trained by traffic police, work in shifts from 8am to 8pm to clear the traffic. Traffic cops from Panathur police station come daily during the peak hours.

Madhan, a security staffer, said, “Only when all vehicles on one side are cleared, can vehicles from the other side pass through. Traffic has to be monitored every minute here.” Jitin Rajput, another security personnel, said water tankers pose a huge problem, as the drivers are reckless and refuse to stop even after being told to. “They race in from opposite directions and cause jams,” he said.

The situation has become much worse in the last three years, due to the mushrooming of apartments.K Neeraj, a resident, said if one does not use the shortcut, then 10km needs to be traversed along the ORR. Sheetal Kulkarni, a software engineer, said as long as the traffic is regulated, there is relief. “However, when there is no one manning the spot, a terrible deadlock often happens.”

What is the solution?

Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, South West Division, S T Siddalingappa, said, “The only way out is to widen the underpass below the railway track.” Asked about residents’ complaint that water tankers continue to flout the ban on their entry during peak hours, the ACP said, “We can only levy fines. They pay them and continue to drive. We do not have the power to seize such vehicles.”Many attempts to reach Panathur Corporator Pushpa Manjunath were unsuccessful.

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  • Ashwini

    I am a Bangalorean and I feel sad that this place is part of Bangalore. I stay near this Junction and it is one of worst place to live in Bangalore. Before coming here I was living in Banashankari and Indranagar and coming from there to here is a nightmare. I have 2 kids and it is scary to take them out because of dust and tanker accidents. Mostly tanker drivers are drunk and frustrated and there are already 3 deaths now. Most of the times I have even managed traffic just clear the school bus which is stuck for 30min at 7am in the morning. Cab drivers refuse to come here because of the junction traffic. Is there anyone who can really do something about this before more lives are gone due to dust and traffic???
    7 months ago reply
  • Mitul

    This is a classic example of ignoring people plights/issues by political parties and the administration.we are forced to suffer on the cost of others benifiting from our suffering. i could suggest a mass protest and boycott of upcoming election on the basis of this issue.
    7 months ago reply
  • Pradeep Kumar Shah

    It is impacting people life. We are looking for immediate action to widen the road and demolish all encroachments.
    7 months ago reply
  • Muhammad

    I agree this is the worst managed road planning - not sure what is stopping authority to ease these traffic problem - more than 10000 of people struggle daily - it is been 4 or 5 years in this condition. It looks like there is no political and governance will to do something here.
    7 months ago reply
  • Yogi

    I stay just near this S junction. It feels so sad and helpless. You get stuck for hours right there. On top of that the roads are all dug up and not closed properly and too much dust throughout Panathur. If it continues like this, people from Panathur will suffer major health issues after loosing peace of mind and time.
    7 months ago reply
  • Ambuj

    This is a sheer example if the collaboration of politicians
    7 months ago reply
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