BENGALURU: With work on Namma Metro’s Phase II progressing at a snail’s pace, commuting on stretches like Bannerghatta Road, Kanakapura Road, Mysuru Road, Hosur Road, Tumakuru Road, Outer Ring Road and those in Whitefield has turned into a bigger nightmare for road users. Motorists and other commuters using these already-congested stretches say inordinate delay in the completion of Metro work is compounding their woes. Traffic bottlenecks, pothole-ridden stretches, construction debris, dust, noise pollution, absence of bus shelters, encroached pavements and barricaded narrow roads are severely inconveniencing them. Metro construction is also leading to waterlogging on several stretches during rain.Prasanna S, a regular commuter on Bannerghatta Road, said the stretch between Jayanagar fire station and Meenakshi temple is in a terrible shape. “It’s full of potholes and there are no provisions for those who want to walk or waiting for BMTC buses. Senior citizens, particularly from areas like BTM Layout and Arekere Gate, are the worst affected because of the dust, heavy traffic and absence of pavements,” he said, adding the entire road is clogged even at 10.30pm because of Metro work. “We fear the traffic chaos will get worse once Jayadeva flyover is brought down this October,” he rued. Guruprakash S, a resident of Konanakunte Cross, said, “Metro work has completely destroyed Kanakapura Road, especially between Krishna Leela Park and NICE Road. The stretch has become accident prone and dusty. Construction debris has not been cleared even after completion of the work.” ‏Whitefield residents are also putting up with the mess. Lakshman L said the section between Garudachar Palya and KR Puram is unmotorable because of Metro work. “It has been dug up and is yet to be relaid. Commuting via Hope Farm Junction takes even longer now,” he said. ‏There have been several complaints against Metro contractors for dumping debris near Sathya Sai Hospital, Whitefield. Some commuters say Metro work has reduced Outer Ring Road into a single-lane road, exacerbating traffic congestion at KR Puram and Tin Factory. On Hosur Road, pavements and bus stops have been encroached upon. At places like Kudlu Gate Junction, there are no bus stops. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) officials say bus ridership and schedules have been affected by the slow pace of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) work. Though the Centre approved Metro Phase II in 2014, the project remains incomplete and the entire line is expected to be operational only by 2024. “Work started only in 2016-17 and will take at least five years. A majority of the sections will be operational by 2021. We will restore the stretches once the work is over. We will discuss with other agencies whether any interim steps can be taken,” said a senior BMRCL official. P Harishekaran, additional commissioner of police, traffic, said: “We understand the hardships of road users as Metro is a major infrastructure project. Work on major stretches will be completed in a year or two. We are coordinating with other agencies to ensure passengers’ safety. We are charting out diversion plans keeping motorists’ interests in mind.” TWITTERATI VENT WOES Santosh Biradar @biradarsm Metro projects should be taken up on war footing. But the pace at which it runs is ridiculous. I bet it takes another 2 years to complete Whitefield metro. No people to work there. Hardly u will find 5 to 10 at some pole throughout the stretch (sic) ‏Vinayak Sanjay Urs @sanjayurs The road between Nice Road @ Upcoming Krishna Leela station is in WORSE condition. Does tender say ppl should breath dust, spoil their back, damage their vehicles (sic)? Robin Chatterjee @rob_chatterjee I don’t think BMRC or any authority is serious about metro construction in #Bengaluru. Today, I crossed the entire stretch of Jayadeva-Silk Board under-construction line only to find at max 2 workers doing something (sic) Varun sharma @v1988s Should we wait for another 5 years to see the city in proper shape, metro work becomes a nightmare to travel to office, 6 kms- 80 minutes justified (sic)?