Over the past couple of weeks, I have realized that the stretch of road between beginning from CMH road, leading towards the Domlur Flyover(also known as 100 Ft road) and then extending to lead up till the Embassy Golf Links Business park( a part of the intermediate ring road), cannot withstand two things. Heavy rains and Heavy Traffic.
On Saturday afternoon, I was on my way to office, to finish something important, when my bus (201J) got stalled near the 6th Main Bus stop for 10 minutes. It was quite hot that afternoon, and more so inside the crowded bus, so I got down and started walking towards the flyoever. The cause for the traffic blockage then became apparent. Some vehicles coming out of the 6th Main road, were trying go towards the CMH end of the road cutting across the 100 feet road. At the same time, some idiots who were on the 100 feet road, wanted to take a right turn into the 6th Main road. There was a beautiful deadlock, and all the traffic from the Domlur Flyover to the 6th Main had come to a stand still. At the same time, the strech between 6th Main and 12th Main signal was completely empty for like 10 minutes! And I am sure ,this happens every now and then.
Yesterday, it rained a bit since the afternoon till late in the night. And when I was going home at night, I had to literally wade through the pools of standing water on my way out of the Embassy Golf Links Business Park to the Intermediate ring road. It’s so disgusting to see such a reputed builder not planning for as mundane thing as heavy rain. But it’s not just the private builders that are to blame. The Intermediate ring road was no better. If you had to get on to a bus from the bus stop, you couldn’t do so without getting your pants drenched in puddles of muddy water that accumulate on the sides of the roads. This behaviour continued all the way till the 12th Main signal.
I wonder if there was any thought put into proper planning when East Bangalore was being developed. For all the hype and hoopla about being the IT city and all that, Bangalore seriously lacks infrastructure to deal with annual affairs such as heavy rains and daily affairs such as the heavy traffic.
Needless to say, having lived here for the past two years, I have only grown more disillusioned 😦