The Great Bangalore Tin Factory Junction Traffic Jam

A view of the omnipresent traffic jam at the infamous Tin Factory junction neat KR Puram Railway station in Bangalore, the bane of Bangalore commuters. This photo shows only the traffic coming in from the railway station side along a essentially three-lane road that is mostly always filled with traffic, just as on the other side which is perennially congested. You can see people trying to cross the roads in between, literally putting their lives on the line. The place is horribly dusty and polluted as you can see, look at the sky – those are not rain clouds but smog from vehicle exhaust, seen against the “hanging bridge”, a planning disaster as is most of the remaining of Bangalore. And of course, this is far from the worst, actually this traffic is less.

A Grey and Gloomy Bangalore Electronic City Elevated Expressway

View from the elevated Expressway connecting Silk Board and Electronic City in Bangalore on a gloomy rainy day. The uniform grey of the sky stretching from horizon to horizon matches with the grey of the road and the buildings and the spray raised vehicles speeding through the water, making the entire thing look like out of an post-apocalyptic movie. This setting would also almost make Bangalore seem to be an advanced city in a developed country! Oh how I wish this was the infrastructural scene everywhere in the city!

“Moo!” Cows be a Chillin’ on Bangalore Roads

A completely chilled out Bos Taurus chews cud lying very comfortably under the Yeshwantpur overpass on the road leading to Rajajinagar. I stopped to say hi. Cows are were common on Indian roads and are part of the enduring strerotype of Indian roads: “Cows on Indian Roads”.

7th Cross, BTM Layout 2nd Stage, Bangalore

BTM Layout and especially BTM 2nd Stage is one of Bangalore’s most happening and sought after middle class and “younger crowd” residential localities, mainly thanks to its location of being near to everything and all other places. When it was created 20 years ago, BTM Layout was Bangalore’s suburb, today it is the heart of the city. Like most such “older” localities, BTM has very few towering apartment complexes and is mostly composed of individual house-plots. I have had the good fortune of spending 6 years in the place. Here is the leafy 7th Cross, the road that runs parallel to the ring road and its major “commercial” center. I have so many memories associated with this place and this road…

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.

“Aerial” View of Old Madras Road – Quintessential Bangalore!

View of Old Madras Road, one of Bangalore’s arterial roads from atop the railway line overbridge that crosses above it just after the Tin Factory junction. This shot in short captures a microcosm of Bengaluru. The looming mall on the right (the dome of the Gopalan Signature Mall), the steel-and-glass IT tech part (RMZ Infinity) opposite it, the chaotic winner-take-it-all traffic bunching together on the road totally oblivious of lanes, vehicles moving in all directions at the junction, autos everywhere, double-parked cars, a BMTC bus, pedestrians (including a schoolboy and a lady – under the ‘a’ of the ‘vadakkus’ watermark) struggling to cross the roads with vehicles vehemently denying them, a traffic policeman helplessly watching the entire scene, the typical yellow Bengaluru street name board (left), Bangalore City Police’s nakabandi barrier (right), flex boards of smiling politicians, petty shops, enormous hoardings, bumpy uneven roads, KFC, McD… And of course, the general greenery and climate reflected by the overcast atmosphere. Bengaluru rocks! Now, if only people followed traffic rules…