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Old 17th February 2012, 16:40   #31
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Whenever I traveled on this route I happen to see 2 - 3 accidents. I even saw villagers extorting money from private buses, trucks (most of the cases) and few cars (different incidents).

These villagers can go to any extent as I witnessed a heated exchange between them (However, could not understand being it in Kannada). Those exchanges were in high decibels and next step sure would be physical assault.

If someone plans to escape, it is very difficult due to crowded towns and villages and lots of humps.
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Old 17th February 2012, 17:44   #32
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This highway is becoming notorious and in news for all wrong reasons. Not long ago, there was this news:
Silk growers’ ire brings traffic to halt on City-Mysore Road

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Silk growers’ ire brings traffic to halt on City-Mysore Road
Road users on Bangalore-Mysore Road at Ramanagar had a nightmarish experience on Sunday as thousands of farmers blocked the highway for more than six hours protesting against the sudden crash in price of cocoon.
Hopefully all these incidents would prompt the authorities to do something.
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OMG! I am travelling via the SH-17 to Srirangapatna this weekend again. Now I am thinking of going via Kanakpura Road. But I have not driven in that road and don't know about the road conditions. Any body recently went to Mysore by Kanakpura Road ?
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...Am i missing something?
I use this road every weekend and have been doing so for the last year and half. I am with Satya when he says its best to travel early in the morning or late at night. The only reason being, the density of vehicles is less at both these times and though there are trucks, they are mostly well behaved. The only logical reason i can think of not facing any fleecing during the night is simply because the villagers are all back home late at night and they wont have the support of the other villagers since there are not many people around anyways!!
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Old 17th February 2012, 18:53   #35
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Agree to what most of you guys! I face my demons whenever I drive on this road. While I haven't been a victim of road rage, I have been a victim of harassment. This happened around 6-8 months ago. I am driving at around 30-35kmph,a moron enters the road on a bike and blocks me. I am used to this by now, I swallow my ego/anger and I slow down too. Another two bikers joins him and barricade me. My anger turns into paranoia and I am on high alert, slowing down further. The guys are expecting me to put a fight and keep glancing backwards. By now, the Innova cab behind me has lost his patience. A flick of high beam(yeah, I am surprised too! Cabbies on low beam!) and a blast of shrill horn, I am more than willing to give way. This guy surges forward and bullies all the 3 bike borne miscreants at once. I realize I have a small window of opportunity and I tail the Innova, escaping their clutches. I look back in my RVM and find 3 panic stricken faces. They regroup quickly and barricade again.

God only save the other car
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I just travelled on this stretch last Saturday. Left bangalore by 9am and reached back by 5pm.I'm happy I returned home safe and had an enjoyable trip.

I've done this stretch many times and I agree that this is by far the worst and the scariest to drive on. This report on villagers trying to fleece travellers only makes things worse. I hope the authorities take notice and do something.

Until then we have to be careful whenever we drive this road.

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@miel: you got me! age catching up, I guess. Indica was launched in '98, when I was in college though.
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This could be a few isolated incidents and need not be morphed as a general situation, but it is good to be aware of such things. These last couple if years it has become the new trade, the motorists have become the the new targets for the antisocial elements, miscreants and jobless fraudsters because the motorist is so susceptible as compared to any other victim.

It is futile to totally run away from the problem by saying we will stop using that or this particular road because just once incident doesn't prove anything and an absence on another route doesn't prove it won't happen there.

Know your rights, be strong and be careful and don't hesitate to call the police because however bad they can be they still have an obligation to protect the common man.
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It doesn't happen exclusively on the B'lore - Mysore highway. It happens everywhere. We as a family of four, have been victims as well. Driving to Mangalore and a short distance after Tumkur, we had reached a village where we had reduced our speeds to 30 km/h. Suddenly, a boy jumped onto our path and my dad braked hard and avoided him. When we came to a standstill, the boy jumped onto our car's bonnet and then rolled-off, crying and withering (apparently) in pain.

In a matter of seconds, the entire village was on that road, hurling big stones and coconuts at our brand new Ford Ikon 1.6. Our windscreen was hit several times. Parts of our car were dented by all the debris that was flung at us. We scooted from that place.

At the Ford service station in Managlore, there was a silver Escort that was battered and bruised. The owner was hurt too. He had crossed the same village a day ago and he made the mistake of stopping and trying to calm the villagers down.

They looted him of all his money, his mobile-phone, his luggage and even his petrol!

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I was once a victim of this nuisance and was rear ended by a dude riding a Victor. My mistake I slowed down at the speed breaker at Srirangapatna. The biker was tailing me at full throttle and couldn't stop in time to avoid crashing into our vehicle when I slowed down.

He took a proper beating from the fall and managed to sustain a few burns on his right leg, thanks to the extremely hot silencer.
A few villagers gathered and then an argument ensued , which turned really ugly between us. All this for a biker whom these villagers dint even know.The biker joined sides with the villagers and asked for compensation to repair his bike. The very moment I decided that I wont pay this dimwit a penny if it meant I had to go to police station and leave my car there.
Riju being much to modest here.

C'mon Sire, it's not your fault when you get rear ended. Thumb-Rule: the person who rear-ends you IS ALWAYS AT FAULT. Even if you had to hit the brakes hard and come to a stop very quickly, it is the responsibility of the driver/rider behind you to maintain a comfortable distance between the two vehicles. If he rear-ends you, it's his fault because he did not maintain enough space between the vehicles.
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I do the Bangalore-Mysore road frequently and got pushed around for something interesting.
Was driving back to Bangalore around evening time and found vast expanse of fields and trees on one side of the road. Stopped the car on the side, jumped out with a camera and was taking pictures from the road side when there was a tap on my shoulder. A bunch of villagers and gathered and they told me that the countryside was their's and I needed to pay them money to photograph the countryside. It came to nothing and I just walked off. My notions of the good natured villager teaching the city slicker a thing or two in simplicity vanished right there. Things are really changing!
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One of my friend a biker had stopped to photograph fields when a young girl with a herd of goats came near and and flashed him. This fellow immediately climbed on his bike without bothering to pack his camera and fled the scene. He told that if he had taken even one snap or spoke to the girl he would have lost all the valuables he had on him plus would have got thrashed. Though we laughed about it later we knew we have got to be careful. Cheers.
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What was once the best road in Karnataka, is now amongst the worst in terms of driving experience. The two biggest factors that have contributed towards this descent: unmarked roadhumps and unexpected merging into highway traffic by local vehicles. Now, this seems to be the 3rd ingredient to that list.

Since the police/administration lack the will to enforce discipline where needed, a purely merit based solution is an elevated expressway between BLR-Mysore. However, not sure if this will ever materialize.
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This highway is becoming notorious and in news for all wrong reasons. Not long ago, there was this news:
Silk growers’ ire brings traffic to halt on City-Mysore Road




Hopefully all these incidents would prompt the authorities to do something.
It was a sunday and I was driving on this road that day ! Thankfully we were stuck somewhere near Ramnagar .The GPS showed a small road on the left that was running parallel to this highway .I didnt think twice and took that road. I landed somehow on the Kanakpura road.Later on ,read in the newspapers about this incident

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OMG! I am travelling via the SH-17 to Srirangapatna this weekend again. Now I am thinking of going via Kanakpura Road. But I have not driven in that road and don't know about the road conditions. Any body recently went to Mysore by Kanakpura Road ?
I dont think you should take the other route just because of these incidents .You cannot guarantee this not happening on the Kanakpura Road .Just that you have have to be extra careful .

I would still take the Kanakpura Road to Mysore because of the relatively lesser traffic and the scenic countryside ( though I havent done it in the last 2 years ,so cant comment on the condition)

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I use this road every weekend and have been doing so for the last year and half. I am with Satya when he says its best to travel early in the morning or late at night. The only reason being, the density of vehicles is less at both these times and though there are trucks, they are mostly well behaved. The only logical reason i can think of not facing any fleecing during the night is simply because the villagers are all back home late at night and they wont have the support of the other villagers since there are not many people around anyways!!
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My cousin drives to his in laws almost every weekend .He hasnt faced any issues till date .But yeah ,he too drives late nights .

One more thing I want to mention is that I avoid this road to Bangalore after Sunday afternoon .Just cannot take the traffic and the madness.
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If some day NICE road is allowed to be made, then it should reduce this problem significantly.
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Apart from the incredulity of this whole situation , I have a deep sense of sadness. My family has had some of the best short holiday drives along this route ( to places like Coorg, Coonoor, Ooty, Mysore ) and we have had no experience even remotely close to whats being talked about here but again these were pre-2007 days . Lot of times we had stopped by to ask for directions, clicked roadside pictures , stopped for tea and roadside snacks ( we are suckers for these when on a drive , just helps to get into the mood ) ,etc but never did we feel anything but nice about the people around us . When I meant family it was most of the time my wife , my son ( when he was anywhere between 6 months to 5 years of age ) and myself. I had to worry about only traffic (truck/tractor) coming on the wrong side. Going by whats being told here , the situation has changed quite a bit where incidents are being cooked up and motorists are being robbed which is sad !
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