Bangalore may get new 8-lane highway to Mysore

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Bangalore, Feb 11: Bangaloreans can heave a sigh of relief, now that the Karnataka government has planned to construct an 8-lane highway from Bangalore to Mysore, easing the heavy traffic that the city complains of.

It has been observed that a smooth 2 and half hour drive to Mysore from Bangalore is now taking close to 3 and half hours, thanks to over 100 illegally built speedbreakers.

In fact, in a study conducted by the public works department, traffic in the 130-km stretch is recorded to be 40,000 passenger car unit (PCU), visa vie 20,000 PCU in 2004 when it was a 6-lane highway. The proposal for the new highway is likely to be presented to chief minister Siddaramaiah and included in the budget to be presented in Feb 14.

Incidentally, the proposal to build flyovers in five places enroute Mysore has been in the pipeline for many years now, merely being election promises by politicians from the Mandya, Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts. The five places to be covered by the highway project are Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna.

"Flyovers alone won't reduce traffic density. Wide roads coupled with flyovers will definitely help," an official from the Karnataka government said. (Read)

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