A Half-Finished Bangalore Flyover and Crumbling Roads

The edge of a half-finished flyover stands in the void as its construction abruptly ends. A scene from Bangalore at Hennur Cross junction on the Outer Ring Road. This junction is an asthma-inducing dusty, crumbling mess of urban crumbling, of a village trying hard to become a city. Also take a look at the awesome “roads” below. Of course, nobody is bothered, this flyover has been standing like this for a year now with no closure of construction in sight. Just another example of the “Silicon Valley’s” pathetic infrastructure. Oh and people as usual with zero civic sense dirty whatever structure they can by pasting ugly paper bills on them. If you look closely you can see a flex for some Kerala Samajam function with Suresh Gopi’s face on it. This is the location below.

WAP4 22350 Heads the Howrah “Shiny Windows” Duronto!

Santragachi’s (SRC) WAP4 #22350 heads the 12246 Bangalore Yeshwantpur – Kolkata Howrah Duronto Express as it crawls past Baiyyappanahalli in Bangalore on its almost 2000 km journey. The windows of the train happily reflect the morning sunshine reflecting off the platform. The 5350 hp electric locomotive will singlehandedly haul the (technically) nonstop train on its 29 hour journey at an average speed of 67 kph. This 5-day a week train is one of the most successful Durontos on Indian Railways, seats always fully sold out for the entire two months in advance. Here is another picture of the same train.

Bangalore’s Notorious Tin Factory Jn on a Rainy Night

The Tin Factory Jn in Bangalore is pure horror. It is part of the Tin Factory-KR Puram Railway station traffic jam complex, where jams are found 24 hours. IN this stretch, 11 roads meet in addition to two major interstate bus stops and an important railway station. And then they have made a “hanging bridge” with pillars on the road and two flyovers and the most unscientific bus stop in the whole world, at one towards Hoskote at the beginning of the “hanging bridge”, where people have to wait literally in the middle of the road! The place is perpetual traffic chaos of unimaginable scale. And just imagine how it would be when it rains. Here is the view from the foot overbridge towards KR Puram station. You can see the rain falling if you look carefully. Check the scene on the right. That jam will stretch backwards 4 km until EMC2.

The “Grand” Velankanni Railway Station

The railway station building at Velankanni, Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is famous as a Christian pilgrimage center and the station building reflects the Gothic style architecture used when building churches. The station is relatively new, only three years old and is the end point of a small 10 km spur from Nagapattinam Junction. Only one daily express train to Chennai (of four coaches) and one weekly express train to Vasco, Goa via Bangalore service the station, in addition to 4 pairs of daily passenger trains to Nagapattinam and Karaikal. Velankanni is part of the Kaveri delta region of Tamil Nadu.