BENGALURU: After years of waiting, citizens can take an alternative route to Kempegowda International Airport from Sunday. The alternative road was readied on a war footing to ensure it was opened before Aero India 2017 kicked off on February 14, 2017.
The alternative route is meant mainly for vehicles coming from east Bengaluru, and will enter the airport from the village of Begur. The assessment of the traffic police shows that at least 35% traffic towards the city comes from east or southeast Bengaluru. "We wanted to open an alternative route to the airport before Aero India, so that the burden on Ballari Road is reduced. We want to continue this after Aero India is over too," said R Hitendra, additional commissioner of police, traffic.
From Sunday, vehicles from East Bengaluru will come through KR Puram, Hennur Cross, Bagalur, Mylanahalli, Begur and the southwest entrance of the airport. "We will deploy officers and men along the new route to guide commuters till they are familiar with it," the officer added.
Explaining the new route, deputy commissioner, northeast, said: "While going to the airport via Ballari Road, commuters ride up the flyover after the toll plaza. As you travel on the road towards the airport terminal, you will reach two circles - the first with a globe structure and a second one later. The new entrance will take you towards the second circle, without having to go through Ballari Road."
The Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) perimeter wall on the southwest side was brought down on Thursday to allow vehicles access to the airport. Though there is good road connectivity till the airport wall, a mud road runs for around 900 metres inside the campus up to the terminal entrance.
"Though it is a mud road at the moment, it is wide and can accommodate traffic. We are also trying to tar the road before opening it for traffic," the officer added.