Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Way through Town Hall subway next year

Way through Town Hall subway next year
Monday November 19 2007 10:47 IST

ENS

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is probably giving the pedestrians a reason to smile as the construction work for a subway across busy J C Road, near Town Hall, has started.

The work started at a slow pace, with workers working at different shifts for past two weeks. BBMP sources said that the cost of the project Rs 2.37 crore.

Earlier, conflicting views were expressed regarding the suitability of a subway but BBMP Commissioner Dr S Subramanya said that something had to be done to ease movement of pedestrians across the busy road.

The project period is 18 months and the subway might become a reality by next December.

Till then, the pedestrians would have to bear not only the howling traffic but also the inconvenience caused by the construction work.

“We have to stand on the road and not under bus shelter. It is tough to catch a bus as they have no fixed stop,” said Krishna, a carpenter.

Another regular passerby complained about the amount of dust and pollution being caused because of the work.

H K Rudrappa, the traffic police man present at the junction, said, “Only the BMTC buses have been allowed to pass by while other vehicles are diverted. Moreover there is space constraint. Instead of three line movement only two are possible now.”

The workers at the site mentioned that they are concentrating on only one side of the street, the work on the other side will start only when things start taking shape here.

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