Saturday, February 25, 2006

BMP, Rlys to join hands for traffic improvement

BMP, Rlys to join hands for traffic improvement
Deccan Herald

A signal-free traffic from the Rajajinagar Entrance underpass right up to the Majestic Bus Stop and the City Railway Station is in the offing.

A signal-free traffic from the Rajajinagar Entrance underpass right up to the Majestic Bus Stop and the City Railway Station is in the offing. And it is just one aspect of a larger plan which includes a new city railway station for the Mysore sector- bound trains, two inter-linked flyovers and the four laning of the Okalipuram Road.

The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike and the South Western Railway are close to finalising a Rs 50 crore project on the same.

The project goes under the self explanatory work head ‘Improvement of Rajajinagar link road between Fountain Circle (Khoday Circle) and Okalipuram Junction’.

The plan involving the features mentioned above is reportedly frozen from among some 15 options that were presented to the two parties by their designated consultants. The tender process will begin in April-May and the project can be completed in 18 months, sources closely linked with it said on Friday.

The plan for straightening the Rajajinagar entrance underpass - Okalipuram route was always on the BMP’s agenda, the discussions with the railways took some time, sources said.

Most of the project area traverses the railway land (nearly 6 to 8 acres) and the railways were keen that it should then be a comprehensive scheme benefiting their customers too.

The railways wanted a hindrance free entry and exit for their station and so the exclusive flyovers, sources observed.

Highlights

Two box-type railway underbridges - one near the RR Kalyan Mantap and the other near the Khoday Circle will help straighten the present circuitous route leading from the Rajajinagar entrance underpass.

The two inter-linking flyovers will make for direct entry into and exit from the proposed new railway station for Mysore sector trains.

The new railway station will be located at the peripheral entry (Okalipuram side) of the City Railway Station as it stands today.

One of the flyovers will originate in a U-loop from the Platform Road just before the Khoday Circle.

The other will originate from the new road stretch to be laid on the Sheshadripuram and Malleswaram side.

A cross-arm making for an ‘A’ shaped flyover will link the exit traffic from the new railway station back to a new link road to be provided on Platform Road (towards Rajajinagar).

A multi-level parking lot for vehicular traffic concerned with railway passengers is also in the plan.

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