Why Indira Nagar 2nd stage has become dangerous for pedestrians

Pavements in Indira Nagar 2nd stage are no place for pedestrians, only for construction material. Pic: Praveen S

The 10th main or Water Tank road (Ward 89) and the 10th A main (Ward 80) road in Indira Nagar 2nd Stage are two parallel roads connecting 100 feet road and Indiranagar Double road. Both these roads are have ten residential crosses to their left, and the 4th cross road cuts across them, leading to the Indiranagar metro station on CMH road.

Off late, many people who want to skip the traffic at the CMH road-100 feet road signal near KFC, have started using these two roads. As a result, 10th main, 10th A main and 4th cross roads have become very dangerous for pedestrians.

While 10th main road has some length of pavement – at least until 4th cross, the narrow 10th A main road does not. Both these roads have also been encroached for a large part. The newer buildings have built their ramps encroaching into the road. To add to this, the buildings that are coming up on the corner sites have thrown the construction material on the road.

Construction material for a new building spills on to the road. Pic: Praveen S

Extended ramps from the newer buildings slope on to the main road. Pic: Praveen S

The residents in the area are therefore finding it increasingly difficult to even walk to the corner store a few crosses away in the same layout. One has to navigate on these roads trying to evade the two-way traffic, through vehicles that may come from the crosses, parked vehicles on both sides, and the encroached extended ramps that slope on to the road. Many times people lose their balance and trip while trying to walk on the ramps. Even two wheelers skid while trying to avoid pedestrians. With the rains and the construction material spilling over, one can only imagine the worst.

The width of the road is further reduced because of two-sided parking. Pic: Praveen S

The traffic department did a survey in July 2015 and has assured that it will do what it can in its capacity to ease the traffic on these roads, or enforce one-side parking. When one of the residents in the neighbourhood recently requested the Ward 80 office to provide road width details for the entire area, we were shocked to know that the reply claims that the 10th A main road is 40 feet!

BBMP’s response regarding the width of the road. Pic: Praveen S

One only needs to look at the picture to see for themselves if this can be 40 feet at all!

The residents welfare association here wrote an email to the BBMP Commissioner who suggested we get in touch with the Assistant Executive Engineer who was incidentally suspended last week. We have written a letter to him and are waiting for action to be taken.

In addition, many street vendors encroach the street corners and intersections, and set up shop within the residential layout; particularly on the 10th main Water Tank road, near 1st cross and the 10th main intersection at 3rd and 4th cross; near Central Bank of India, Cauvery School-Double road intersection; behind the metro station on 4th cross, 10th A main, opposite the Punjab National Bank ATM.

We hope that the authorities clear the encroachments on these roads and lay a pavement for pedestrians at the earliest. It is about time that the rights of pedestrians, in a city like Bengaluru, are respected.

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Praveen S is a resident of Indiranagar.

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