A “birds eye” view of Bangalore’s most defining feature today: its traffic jams, no matter if it is day or night. This one was taken on a rainy night at 10:15 in the night (!) from the Ramamurthy Nagar Bridge at Banaswadi on the Outer Ring Road. Vehicles were backed up from KR Puram Railway Station to Banaswadi, a mighty five kilometers! Note the jam on the service road on the right as well. The opposite side is free, only because vehicles are bunched up on the other side 200 meters before, blocking the entire road trying to get up the ramp leading to this bridge. Wonder when all these people will reach home. The street lamp stands silently looking down at the mass of stalled vehicles, shedding tears looking at the condition of the city…
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.
The infamous traffic jam at Marathahalli under the bridge on the Ring Road on a pleasant rainy evening. Marathahalli is one of the worst places in Bangalore, a concrete jungle with perennial traffic jams, narrow roads, crowded everything, polluted air and bad infrastructure. The jam pictured below is a common everyday occurrence but people are cool about it. They will not let go of their cars even if it meant the end of the World. It is a privilege being stuck in a jam in your OWN car, no?
(Sorry for the picture quality, mobile camera phone)
A view of the single arm of the Jayadeva Grade separator at the junction of Bannerghatta Road and Outer Ring Road which is also the meeting place of four prominent areas of Bangalore: BTM Layout 1st Stage, BTM 2nd Stage, JP Nagar 3rd Phase and Jayanagar 9th Block. The junction is named after the Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology which is situated nearby.
A surprisingly (shockingly?) ordered Bangalore traffic jam at Marathahalli under the bridge, towards Bellandur, not something that you see every day in India! Though jams on this stretch are common, they are usually chaotic as on any Bangalore Road with absolute absence of any order whatsoever with vehicles chok-a-bloc everywhere and thronging every last bit of space. Considering that it was quite a surprise and a mild shock seeing people behave themselves following order to an extent with cars lined up in lanes! Good sight, not one you see every day!! Wonderful.