People living in East Bangalore are now experiencing the transition in terms of infrastructural developments. They are witnessing improvement to the existing infrastructure. The work on Namma Metro is fast progressing, and so are the road expansions. The downside of all these developments is of course the pollution and traffic congestion which the authorities assure are short term challenges.
Two critical roads to Whitefield i.e., the KR Puram-Graphite India stretch and the Jayadeva Institute-Central Silk Board stretch on the Outer Ring Road are being barricaded, piled and widened to make room for Namma Metro.
The Old Airport Road is also under development since the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are planning underpasses at HAL, ISRO and Kundanahalli gate junctions. The BBMP is simultaneously working on white-topping of 50 roads which includes stretches of Outer Ring Road in East Bangalore.
Namma Metro garnering steam
The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) which looks at Namma Metro Phase II implementation has made significant headway in starting with road-widening and piling work especially on the stretch between Baiyappanahalli and Whitefield, ITD Cementation India.
The BMRCL has claimed that they are moving as per schedule with the acquisition processes. They are acquiring around 78 acres of land on the 15.25-km Reach 1 extension of which 45 acres of land belongs to the Forest Department. The BMRCL hopes to acquire and develop metro stations, depots and in the long run, utilize some of the land for commercial development as well.
Suburban Trains to the rescue of Whitefield Residents
Since metro and road widening works are pursued simultaneously, there is much traffic congestion for the Whitefield residents, but they are taking to suburban trains as a way out.
Members of Whitefield Rising, a group of active residents, met senior railway officials in the Bengaluru division seeking more suburban trains through Whitefield. They submitted a memorandum to the divisional railway manager pushing for trains from 6 pm to 10 pm which much required for commuters.
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