The soft divide

Reader Sid pointed out via our suggest a story feature. And I happen to have a picture handy to prove the point. Outer ring road stretch from KR Puram to Sarjapur road has been relaid so many times that the road has now grown as ‘tall’ as the divider itself. The result? You can cut across oncoming traffic anywhere you like. So beware if you do 80 there. A surprise could cross your path at any time!

10 Comments so far

  1. Sid the visitor (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    Ooooops, there’s a problem here. Apparently there are two Sids posting on this board as ‘Sid.’ There’s a guy who posted a lot last year. And there’s me, who has posted a few times this year and late last year as ‘Sid.’ To avoid confusion, today I posted as ‘Sid the visitor.’ If anyone has the email address of the other Sid or some other way to get hold of him, pls let me know. I tried his web page, but there’s no way to connect to him that I can figure out.

  2. abhipraya (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

    similar story on Hosur road after silk board junction. And the construction oh elevated highway is not helping the matter either

  3. Chetan Mota (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    Errr….are we just being nice here? This is not just Outer Ring Road or KR Puram.
    For fun, I saw an Autorikshaw driver take a u-turn on the new Indiranagar bridge, when going from Indiranagar to Airport Road and headed back towards Indiranagar. Felt like he was just back driving Taxis in the States. What would you do? I am sure one would not do 80 when going up a bridge, but when you saw one of these sights, how would you react?

    This is disgusting, and just makes me believe that I am entitled to be stressed when driving in this City.

    How I wish my fellow road users became sensible, and worked as comrades to ensure such risky scenes do not occur. After all I would not want to be hurt because some auto rickshaw driver changed his mind, and decided to turn around in the middle of the road.


  4. silkboard (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 8:15 am

    @ Abhipraya, Chetan, – Don’t know what the motivation is in these cases. Save some petrol/diesel? Or some time by not going a few hundred meters ahead and doing a U turn? Mind you, these are the same set of guys who drive in the wrong direction at times. Disgusting to say the least.

    @ Sid the visitor – I just went by the links present in that ‘suggested story’ entry.

  5. Christopher (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    This is where policing comes into picture. The cops need to infuse some fear into the road users. There should be more traffic police policing the roads on Bangalore and not to mention that they need to be properly equipped (both interms of the gadgets and law).

  6. Nisho (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 4:29 pm

    I’m so glad someone else noticed this problem. I live on the outer ring road and I see this problem every single day. I’ve written a couple of entries about this in my blog. You can read it at . I’ll be posting a few pictures tomorrow of the condition of the road median. I’ll also be writing in to all major newspapers and also to Times Now tv. Hopefully something good will come out of all this effort.

  7. Sajith M (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

    Pranav, you managed to beat me to it – was thinking of doing some photos on this, but well…

    Yes, its a disaster waiting to happen. I think its laziness and not the desire to save fuel – hey you wait a lot longer at such points trying to cross the divider than you do at a proper junction, so dont think there is much fuel to be saved.

    Chetan, saw the same thing on 26 March at about 730pm. But this was the first time I saw someone doing a U and driving in the opposite direction on this flyover.

  8. Nisho (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:50 am

    I’ve finally posted a few pics of the condition of the road median on the outer ring road. Please check my blog at to see them. Also please write in your suggestions as to how we can solve this problem better.

  9. silkboard (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    Nice post and pics Nisho. Do you mind I post some of your pics here (in a separate post or update this one itself).

    Guys, you can call 2942222 / 2943322 to make traffic related complaints. 100 does not work at times, especially from mobile phones.

  10. Nisho (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    @Silkboard: Sure, you can use all the pics here. We’re in this together, so no issues at all. I’m glad you liked my post.

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