Enough about slanting roads, here comes a story about a slanting U-turn which is causing accidents.
Bidadi police station reports 18 accident cases in 2017 and 25 cases in 2018 between Hajjala Gate and Kenchenkuppe Gate in NH 275 which connects connecting Bantwal town with Bengaluru through Mysuru and Madikeri.
Mr. Manjunath an eyewitness who has a small tea shop in that area says that “Vehicles will come from 3 sides, Bangalore, Mysore, and Dodderi which is causing three to four accidents per month.” He also told Citycast that recently, there was an accident of a bike rider a few days before just in front of his Tea Shop, while he was trying to cross the road through the U-turn. A car had hit him, and he lost balance.
According to the eye-witnesses, the narrowness of the road is not the only reason of so many accidents but also due to the slanting U-turn.
Bharat who is a bus driver in Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) says that “Near Hejjala gate the road and the cross are too small and too narrow. The slope over there is also causing a lot of accidents as many vehicles pass from that road.”
Mr. Vishnu an officer from Project Implementation Unit, National Highways Authority of India, Bangalore says that “The project to build a six-lane road from Bangalore to Mysore has started and should be completed within two years. We have started acquiring land to build the highway so that there are fewer traffic issues and accidents due to bad road condition.”
Experts say that road should be divided into proper lanes. Chaitra Surya, An Urban Planner says, “The basic traffic rules would solve many things. Widening of the road would also solve the problem. Fast-moving lane should be segregated from the slow-moving lane which will result in a lower number of accidents.”
With an increasing number of accidents at this road, it is converting into an accident hotspot.