BENGALURU: Commuters passing through the Central Business District had a harrowing time on Tuesday due to the closure of Nrupatunga Road for private vehicles. The road has been closed to the public for two months to facilitate white topping of the stretch and TenderSURE works.
Vehicles were seen lined up on K R Circle, Seshadri Road, K G Road, Hudson Circle and Dr Ambedkar Veedhi during the peak hours.
“I was stuck in traffic for nearly an hour. I was unaware about the traffic diversions and there were no adequate traffic police personnel to guide alternate routes,” said K Ravi, a regular commuter.
“There are several educational institutions and government departments in the area. We want the BBMP to complete this work as early as possible to reduce the congestion in this stretch,” he added.
“Traffic snarls were evident between K R Circle and General Post Office Junction. Vehicles were moving at a snail’s pace for nearly three hours,” said K Deepa, who was stuck in the traffic.
Traffic police officials say they have taken all the measures to reduce congestion in the stretch.
“SJ Polytechnic College bus stop has been shifted near Maharani College skywalk, which is only 300 metres away.
All buses from Maharani Colllege skywalk plying toward Ambedkar Road will take a left turn towards CID office at Maharani Junction.
All buses from Gopal Gowda Junction toward Nurpatunga Rd will take the underpass. All Majestic-bound buses coming from Shivajinagar (via Ambedkar Road) will be diverted via Police Thimmaiah Circle, CID office, Maharani Junction, Mysore Bank and then will take a right turn.
“We have informed the bus drivers of the routes through WhatsApp message. One Sarathi vehicle will be posted at Maharani Skywalk to facilitate public movement,” said Traffic DCP (East) Abhishek Goyal.