Despite being the city’s highest taxpayers, Mahadevapura residents spend 90 minutes on average in crawling traffic.
A recent survey held on Facebook revealed that a maximum number of residents in the IT corridor spend longer commute time, besides facing other issues like air pollution, water scarcity, disappearing green cover and bad roads. Building activities around the upcoming metro and underpass, exploding population due to large-scale migration and increasing vehicle strength are exacerbating the problem. “Traffic was comparatively lower five years ago,” Ravikumar, who lives in Sarjapura Road, mused. “But population exploded over the years amid the mushrooming of IT companies, schools, colleges and commercial malls, all of which increased vehicle strength.
“Our zone has always been the highest taxpayer, but it’s also the most neglected.” The zone’s traffic hotspots include Tin Factory, Hope Farm Junction, Varthur bridge, Panathur Road, Kasavanahalli Road and Channasandra. The zone has been short of water for nearly a month, with many residents belonging to the 110 villages of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) not getting the Cauvery water connection. The summer heat has sucked the borewells dry and the cost of water tankers has soared. “We’ll have to cry in frustration,” said Zibi Jamal, from Whitefield Rising, a group of citizen activists. The water crisis has hit larger parts of Anekal taluk, Whitefield and Bellandur.
Construction work on Varthur bridge seems never to end, though it should have been completed by now, while the abysmal condition of Panathur, Channasandra, Sarjapur and Varthur main roads is yet to get the civic authority’s attention. Many trees are felled at construction sites and near waterbodies like Pattandur Agrahara Lake.