A NEW LOOK FOR THE ALTERNATIVE ROAD TO BENGALURU AIRPORT

Bengaluru has been a magnet for new settlers owing to its reputation as the IT and professional hub. There are however, various other factors that make the city desirable to both companies and potential residents. Excellent infrastructure and connectivity has always played a key role for the prosperity of Bengaluru. The efficient roadway, railway and airway connectivity has attracted masses to settle here. The upcoming Namma Metro further solidifies Bengaluru’s position as the top location for real estate investment. The Kempegowda International Airport, that has been serving Bengalurians for the past 13 years is sufficiently connected through various roads.

One alternative road, locally known as the Hennur-Bagalur Main Road have aided people from east and southern Bangalore from the time of its inauguration. The condition of the highway however, deteriorated with the passing years. Numerous residents had poured in their complaints for reconstruction and BBMP has finally answered their call. The civic body has initiated rebuilding the the Hennur-Bagalur stretch to remove all the potholes and craters. Previously NH44 was the sole road that connected the airport to the rest of the city. The Hennur-Bagalur Main Road was later planned with the vision to make the airport sufficiently viable to the eastern and southern part of Bengaluru.

Extensive rainfall had badly affected the roads in the city. Whereas some roads could be easily fixed, some stretches needed to be redone like the Hennur-Bagalur Main Road, as said by an official from BBMP. “On some roads we can’t just fix the potholes. They have to be completely redone. Hennur-Bagalur Main Road is one such example,” he emphasised. The resurfacing work will however begin after the rainy weather comes to an end. Till then part of the road is being blacktopped to get rid of the craters and potholes. “Once we start resurfacing and rehabilitation work, we will be able to complete in 20 days max, that is if the weather permits.” This came in as an affirmation from a BBMP official. At this point, a 1.4 km long stretch would be worked upon. The estimated cost of the entire project will be Rs 2.5-3 Crore. This will include the cost of resurfacing the Hennur-Bagalur Main Road and the rehabilitation work.

For now, BBMP will finish levelling the road by November 10. They further plan to resurface the road by the end of November. The Hennur-Bagalur road plays an important role, for it gives easy access to Bengalurians to avail the airway facility of the city. Hence, redoing the specific stretch is more of a necessity. The reconstruction work will solve many problems that residents usually face in Bengaluru. Traffic congestion has been a big issue in the city. Poor road condition has made the situation even worse. It is one of the causes for heightened road accident cases. In such a scenario this move of reconstructing a prime road that enables the efficient working of the city’s airport, surely comes as a reason to cherish for. It clearly indicates how people and its government play an important role in maintaining a city’s infrastructure. In Bengaluru’s case, it is the same.

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