Rare Photo of Udupi Garden Signal Without Traffic!!

The Udupi Garden signal (or the “junction of 16th main and Ring Road”), named after a famous restaurant that used to exist there (today it has become a ‘Shanti Sagar’), is one of Bangalore’s junctions most notorious for its traffic jams. The junction is situated in BTM Layout on the main artery of the IT corridor and hence sees jams stretching kilometers towards all sides every day. Here is an extremely rare photograph of the junction and the 16th Main (BTM layout 2nd Stage) with almost no traffic! Taken on the day of the India – Australia cricket World Cup semifinal match. Good thought of the authorities building the footpath/sidewalk around the tree, sparing it 🙂 This junction was the centerpoint of my life for more than 6 years 🙂

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…