BBMP’s tip: Ramp up the flyover work


Palike demands private firm add two ramps to ease traffic, after taking residents’ requests into consideration

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wrote a letter to Embassy Group — the private firm funding the construction of flyover on the Outer Ring road, near Manyata Tech Park, which is nearing completion — asking it to build a ramp on each side of the flyover to help ease traffic congestion locally.

The Palike wrote this letter after taking into consideration a request from residents. It is said that the company is unlikely to get a completion certificate for the flyover works unless it agrees to fulfill these terms.

It may be recalled that the 900-metre long flyover with two access ramps to Manyata Tech Park was funded fully by the same private firm. The elevated corridor integrated with two existing flyovers off Nagawara and Veerannapalya, was built at a cost of Rs 183 crore.

When the project was nearing its completion, residents of Veeerannapalya and Nagawara approached the civic body in June, objecting to the design of the flyover. Shiva Rajkumar, popular Kannada film star, was one amongst the complainants. They argued that the flyover was adding to the traffic congestion and was not helping local residents to exit and enter the Outer Ring Road with ease.

Following their complaint, the civic body co-ordinated an on-site inspection with engineers from the Metro, GAIL and traffic police personnel. They were also accompanied by PJB Engineers Private Limited, a construction firm, and representatives of the residents’ welfare associations concerned.

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In its letter, the civic body stated that the concerns raised by the complainants were “genuine and needed to be addressed immediately.” “Failure to do so will not only cause immense traffic jams in the entire area but will also defeat the very purpose of constructing this flyover,” the letter stated.

Failure to do so will cause terrible traffic jams and defeat the purpose of the project

–BBMP

The suggestions

BBMP has directed the private firm to construct a ramp from the top of Nagawara Flyover to the service road on Outer Ring Road (Hennur to Hebbal side) and another ramp connecting the service road to the top of Veerannapalya Flyover (Hennur to Hebbal side). It has also asked the company to provide grade level access from Dhee School Road to Outer Ring Road (Hebbal to Hennur side) to Dhee School road (from underneath the new flyover).

Officials said that BBMP will not issue a completion certificate for the flyover if the above mentioned works are not taken up “immediately”.

Meanwhile, a source close to the private firm said that the company was willing to take up these works. “If these works were told to us before, we could have incorporated it in the initial design. Now, the flyover is almost ready for inauguration and much of the road space used for undertaking the construction will also be given back for the regular traffic,” they said.



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