In a surprising turn of events, the daily commute on Bengaluru‘s Mahadevapura Outer Ring Road (ORR) came to a grinding halt for almost four hours on Thursday, causing severe inconvenience to officegoers, particularly those employed in the tech sector. The culprit? Two unexpected punctures! a TOI report stated.
The ordeal began around 7 am when a truck experienced a breakdown near Karthiknagar, leading to a major snarl. Deepak Raj, a software tester, expressed his frustration, told TOI, “I usually time my travel to avoid traffic, but it didn’t work today. The traffic jam was caused by a truck which had a flat tyre.”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic-East) Kuldeep Kumar Jain told TOI, “The road is not small. Three big vehicles can move in the same direction at a time. However, barricades installed on one side due to ongoing Metro work forced vehicles into two small lanes. When big vehicles like trucks and buses break down in the middle of the road, congestion is bound to happen.”
Efforts to clear the stalled truck involved the use of an earthmover, but just as traffic flow seemed to be easing, a BMTC bus on the same stretch suffered a punctured tyre, compounding the chaos. The bus was removed by 9:30 am, and normal traffic resumed around 11 am.
Stranded commuters took to social media to share their ordeal, emphasizing the need for better infrastructure and traffic management. This specific stretch of ORR, falling under the jurisdiction of HAL and Mahadevapura police stations, has long been notorious for traffic snarls, especially during peak hours.
Traffic police officials from these stations addressed the challenge of dealing with breakdowns of large vehicles, stating, “We use cranes and other earth-moving equipment. But bringing these heavy equipment closer to the vehicles is a bigger challenge. Many times, we divert traffic to nearby roads and service roads to make way for the cranes.”