Bengaluru Flyovers, Designed to Create Jams

Unplanned growth of the city has resulted in the urban infrastructure nightmare. The transport and traffic departments’ plans.

Published: 17th December 2015 04:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2015 05:16 AM   |  A+A-


BENGALURU: Unplanned growth of the city has resulted in the urban infrastructure nightmare. The transport and traffic departments’ plans to decongest the city by building flyovers or underpasses have come a cropper. For, neither the authorities nor the commuters have any clue on how the traffic should move.

Take the case of the Hebbal flyover. It was  aimed at easing traffic, but that is not happening. Earlier the road on which it was built was narrower than the flyover, but later the road was expanded and the flyover narrowed. Now, it has become  a major  bottleneck on the busy road leading to the Kempegowda Airport.

However, the BDA plans to add a new lane to the flyover, but it has not consulted the traffic police to get an insight into the real traffic problem here.

Similar is the case of the flyover on KH Double Road. Vehicles coming from the Lalbagh end and getting down near Bangalore Club end are stuck in  traffic jams. The Dairy Circle flyover in front of Forum Mall and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay flyover at Yeshwantpur are also examples of bad design and bad planning.

Underpasses are no better. The Prof CNR Rao underpass is actually leading to traffic snarls. What about the Cantonment underpass — it has three vents, but no one knows which vent is meant for which traffic. The list doesn’t end here. Commuters travelling towards Banaswadi know about the dreadful traffic jams on the Banaswadi flyover, and it has also eaten up the road that existed earlier.


The approach should be hyper-local, and not copied from a foreign location where the need and demand of the citizen might vary from the area where the infrastructural solution is being implemented 

 —Vivek Menon, Urban expert


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp