Bannerghatta Road

Some of you would remember a story on NDTV, sometime during the last few months of 2005, about the worst roads in India. You would remember that our own Bannerghatta Road was ranked the worst among them all, in that programme.

Times changed, and so did Bannerghatta Road. And so much so that by March of 2006, a drive from Shoppers’ Stop down to the National Park was a pleasure. The much maligned Bannerghatta Road was back to where it belongs, at the top of the right heap…

And NOW is its biggest test. What do you think, readers? Will dear ol’ Bannerghatta Road survive the onslaught of the monsoon? Civil Engineers, what do you say? I, for one, am keeping my fingers crossed, and praying very hard indeed…

5 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 11:13 am

    Yet to travel on Banerghatta Road during my visits but what I can see is that some of the roads are truly being laid out in, what I perceive, ‘uncharacteristic’ fashion…i.e superbly! This is coz there are no vested interests now and the contracts have been awarded to ‘out of towner’ companies. 2 of the new roads that I experienced were top class…one in Indiranagar 12th Main and the Haudin Road in Ulsoor. One can only hope that if all the 46 ( correct me if I’m wrong) roads envisaged under the World Bank scheme are done on such high standards, the old days of horror stories can well and truly be forgotten.
    As for the rains affecting these roads, I’m positive that they will survive…my fingers are crossed, though!

  2. Jace (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 1:39 pm

    My bet is on the road crumbling again this monsoon. The road laying was done in a terrible hurry. They just laid a new coat over the old road instead of rebuilding it foundation up.

  3. sln (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 2:22 am


    I am very happy to hear that Bannerghatta road has improved. I hope is does withstand the monsoon.


  4. Agent Pal (unregistered) on May 14th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    This time I feel the road is really pucca…Also it has been laid much ahead of the monsoon allowing it to get set properly…

  5. rubic_cube (unregistered) on May 15th, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

    yeah – I’nagar 80 feet road, Ulsoor Market Road also in that list.

    In addition to the roads that badly needed repairs, some of the roads that did not really need any repair have also been relaid. I wonder why. Another amuzing aspect is that… one half of the road was laid at one level and probably the contract was closed before term. The next contractor came and laid the road at a higher level. So that, the first half of the road would also need to be redone a little bit. Ah… the games that these contractors play.

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