Vehicular traffic on the busy Anechowkoor-Thithimathi road, linking Mysore and Kodagu districts, came to a grinding halt yesterday afternoon as a fertiliser-laden truck broke down on the bridge near Majjigehalla following bursting of the rear tyre forcing motorists to wait for more than five hours.

It is reported that the rear tyre of the lorry burst when the lorry was passing through the bridge resulting in the traffic jam, which was further escalated by the arrival of KSTRC buses and private vehicles plying between Virajpet and Mysore. This resulted in kilometer long queue on either side of the bridge. On learning about the incident, Forest and Police officials, who arrived at the spot, strived for hours to restore normalcy on the busy route.

Traffic diverted: Sensing delay in repair of the stranded lorry, Police officials directed motorists coming from Mysore to reach Anechowkoor via Periyapatna.

Repair works yet to take off: Despite formal inaguration on Feb.27, the repair works on the Anechowkoor-Thithimathi road are yet to begin contrary to the assurances given by elected representatives that the work would be taken up on a war-footing and construction materials dumped on either sides of the waiting-to-be repaired road continue to rot. The JCB, which was deployed for road widening work, has also disappeared from the area. Meanwhile, the motorists traveling on the critically damaged road are left with no other choice but to hope for early resumption and completion of the repair works.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore