Ejipura-Koramangala flyover may be delayed by a year | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Those commuting to and living in Koramangala, Ejipura and Kendriya Sadan may have to wait for another year for completion of the Ejipura-Koramangala flyover. The project aims to decongest traffic on the 100ft intermediate ring road stretch between Ejipura Main Road and Hosur Road Junction.
Supposed to be over by April 2020, the work was delayed due to the pandemic and labour shortage. BBMP commissioner Manjunatha Prasad and engineering cell officials visited the spot on Friday to review the progress. “Work began two years ago when I was the commissioner. It’s sad to see there has hardly been any progress,” Prasad told TOI.
“There are numerous problems with the construction; work worth only Rs 70 crore has been completed in the Rs 250 crore project,” he said. Prasad blamed the contractor for the slow execution. “The flyover was supposed to be operational in December and the deadline was later was pushed to April. But looks like we will need another year,” he said.
A total of 61 piers and 763 elements need to be cast, but only 50 piers and 110 elements are ready, the BBMP chief said. He added the Kolkata-based contractor had been complaining of payment delay, which is affecting work. “He made it clear he will continue the work only if full payment is done,” he said.
There have been other problems with the project. According to information accessed by TOI, a part of land belonging to a hospital in the area had to be sold to BBMP, which is yet to happen. “There has been a verbal approval for land transfer, but no official documents have been signed yet,” said a BBMP official. However, transfer of a piece of defence land has already been approved and TDR sanctioned.
Also, 38 trees in a hospital nearby have to be chopped. “Permission from the district forest officer is pending, which is also adding to the delay,” the official said.
Poor coordination between the engineering cell, contractors and the commissioner is also said to be a reason for the missed deadlines. “When engineers don’t tell us the problem, we fail to understand what’s causing the delay,” said Prasad.
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