Mysore Grahakara Parishat has opposed the proposed upgradation of the Mysore-Bangalore Highway into six-lane. The parishat has termed the decision a ‘typical ostrich-like approach that will be of no use’.
In a press release issued here, parishat president R Chandra Prakash said six lanes will not address the problems faced by commuters adequately. Instead, flyovers over all bypasses, which are been now choked by commercial activities, will be more useful.
He said despite upgradation of this highway into four lanes, the travel-time between the two cities has increased compared to five years ago.
He said the worst affected are Mysore travellers trying to reach Bengaluru International Airport (BIA). Shifting of the airport to Devanahalli has made it more difficult for people in Mysore, he added.
He pointed out that this highway is also an important link between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The upgradation of the highway into six lanes will not be of much use to Mysoreans as every bypass on this highway has been encroached by commercial establishments forcing vehicles to slow down, he added.
He said an attempt should be made to straighten the highway, wherever possible. This should not be a link road to every town on the way but a highway linking Mysore with Bangalore, he added.