BENGALURU (Metro Rail & Steel) : Commuters in Bengaluru are in for a challenge, as traffic woes are expected to escalate in the coming months, courtesy of the ongoing construction of the Namma Metro. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) has announced that a portion of the Silk Board Junction flyover will be partially closed as a result of the metro’s construction process.
According to BMRCL’s statement, a 2.5-meter stretch on both sides of the main carriageway of the flyover’s up and down ramp near Madiwala will be barricaded for an estimated four-month duration. This closure is part of the city’s metro expansion project, wiNammth a clear objective of enhancing public transportation and reducing traffic congestion in the long run.
Namma Metro, the second largest metro network in the country, boasts a total length of 72.2 kilometers, with another 97.84 kilometers currently under construction. The network comprises two lines at present—the green and purple lines. The Purple line spans 42.17 kilometers and connects 37 stations, while the green line stretches across 3 kilometers, serving 29 stations. Notably, the yellow, pink, and blue lines are also under construction, adding a significant 97.84 kilometers to the metro network.
Addressing the traffic issues in the city, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar recently revealed plans for a 190-kilometer-long tunnel aimed at alleviating traffic congestion. In the next 45 days, the state government is set to invite public tenders for this ambitious project, with considerations on its size, lanes, and citywide expansion.
Shivakumar emphasized on the need for cooperation between Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike engineers and traffic police to combat the issue of potholes, ensuring swift repairs in crucial areas when monsoons bring forth these road hazards. The proposed initiatives aim to enhance Bengaluru’s traffic management and create a more efficient and commuter-friendly transportation network for the city’s residents and visitors.