Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Namma Metro: CMH road traffic to be diverted

Namma Metro: CMH road traffic to be diverted
By S Praveen Dhaneshkar, D H News Service, Bangalore:
As the 'Namma Metro' chugs along, gathering steam to complete the project on Reach One (Byappanahalli-Cricket Stadium) by December 2010, the BMRCL has announced that it has prepared a traffic diversion to begin work on CMH Road. It could be implemented from Monday onwards.

Speaking to Deccan Herald here on Saturday, N Sivashailam, Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited said, “To facilitate construction on CMH road, the work area needs to be barricaded. The notification to begin diversion could be issued from 28 July. Vehicular diversion is planned in consultation and approval of the traffic police and BMTC. Public are requested to co-operate and follow the diversion routes as approved by the competent authority. We request the public to use alternative routes to reach Indiranagar and the surrounding areas. Signage boards to indicate the alternative routes are being prepared”

Speed up work
With the project now at a crucial stage, BMRCL has begun expediting the work on the showpiece of the City, M G Road, and is on the way to completing the concrete casting of piers and girder segments soon.

“We are also carrying out demolition of private properties, whose possession has been acquired on the Old Madras Road-CMH Road stretch,” said the ‘Namma Metro’ chief. The BMRCL says completion of road widening work on Swami Vivekananda Road (Old Madras Road) would take up to three months. “For now, barricading will begin in stages. We plan to move in from the Byappanahalli-Old Madras Road-100ft Road-CMH Road side,” Mr Sivashailam explained.

Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic and Security), said the notification is ready and the diversion map will be issued a day before BMRCL commences work on CMH Road.

Evaluation
Meanwhile, technical and financial evaluation of the rolling stock (train coach) tenders are currently on by BMRCL, which hopes to finalise and announce the selected global consortia to build stainless steel coaches.

STUDY AND PROCEED
Alternative Plan 1
Traffic from Minsk Square, approaching Manipal Centre, can travel on Halasuru Road, Murphy Road, Old Madras Road, 80 ft Road Junction or 100 ft Road junction to reach Indiranagar, CMH Road or surrounding areas.
Alternative Plan 2
Traffic from M G Road, approaching Trinity Circle, can travel on Trinity Church Road, Airport Road, Airport Road flyover loop to Indiranagar and 100 ft Road to reach Indiranagar, CMH Road, or surrounding areas.

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