Chaotic traffic around Kaggadasapura railway crossing has increased the demand for a railway underpass.
Bangalore, November 20, 2017: Kaggadasapura railway crossing lacks an underpass which causes traffic congestion during peak hours of the day. The railway crossing lies on the shorter route between Indiranagar and Whitefield, and hence is often used by commuters to travel to and fro.
Traffic police officer, G.S Bidari said that the traffic congestion takes around one to one and a half hours to clear up in the morning. The traffic continuously piles up near the crossing and the area around the crossing does not have the capacity to hold the heavy traffic.
He further said that the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) flyover which is one kilometer from the railway crossing is accessible only to the residents of the army quarters. “If the army quarters let the general public use the fly over for at least two hours in the morning, the traffic congestion will automatically ease.”
The DRDO flyover stretches over a kilometer and joins the railway crossing providing an easier route to the commuters traveling to Whitefield and Marathahalli.
Babu D, resident of the area, said that the problem of traffic congestion has been prevalent since the last five years and the railway department has not responded to the residents’ plea to build an underpass. He further said that the land around the crossing is private property; hence building an underpass will be difficult.
G. Jalan, Chief Engineer of railways, said that the land acquisition for the construction of a railway underpass is pending and the tender is set to be released by December 10, 2017.
Anirban Chaudhury, urban planner, said that a railway underpass will be the best solution to ease the traffic situation and for the proper administration from the railways department is required.