The new roads of Bangalore….

Here’s Bannerghatta Road, at the Jayadeva flyover; four years ago, all the trees that had been planted on this road were cut down and the road widened, and the flyover built.

Can you see even a blade of grass in the picture?


What has the effect of the tree-felling, road-widening, and flyover-building been on traffic?

The traffic is as choked as ever, and all that has happened is that we have lost a lot of greenery and tree cover; the area has become much more polluted and noisy.

Can we stop further unnecessary felling of trees and widening of roads, which result in the same traffic congestion + lack of trees, just a few years down the line, and think of more long-term and people-friendly solutions to our traffic problems?

3 Comments so far

  1. zenx on June 28th, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

    I was terribly sad when the trees were being chopped, and still am, since there’s enough space for replanting at least some of them.

    However, I will not agree that the traffic is as bad. The immediate flow of traffic around that intersection has improved – though other spots are the same/worse. You also have to factor in the increased traffic since the time time before this flyover got done.

    Of course, its totally debatable whether spot solutions like this flyover make for good traffic management.

    I wish the trees were still around. They always do go a little overboard in "clearing up"

  2. vishnukumar on June 28th, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

    case of bad planning. some one should try to get this Q across to the authorities

  3. captainjohann on July 7th, 2008 @ 7:20 pm

    Who doesnot love trees? But it should not become a hindrance to traffic where it is becoming heavy just like St.Joh’ns hospital road. Infact they should remove these trees and for everyone removed plant 10 of them compulsorily by invoking some rule. This way everyone is happy.Ofcourse Jayadeva flyover has eased the traffic though one misses the trees. People talk about trees cutting for widening roads but i have never seen anyone complaining about those concrete blocks coming up after cutting trees like mantri appts,shoppers stop etc.

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