Thursday, November 05, 2009

55 more underpasses, flyovers on cards

55 more underpasses, flyovers on cards
Bangalore,Nov 4,Deccan Herald News Service:

Even as the citizens’ outcry against the Tagore Circle underpass is falling on deaf ears, the City’s planners are gearing up to construct at least 55 more underpasses and flyovers. It is a moot point whether the public will be consulted before these projects are taken up.



Many of the projects are bound to resemble the flyover at Windsor Manor and the underpass a few yards away at the Cauvery theatre junction. The only difference would be that the BBMP is likely to reduce the usage of the controversial magic box or the pre-cast element technology to almost zero.
According to BBMP sources, the Palike has proposed to build at least 55 more underpasses and fly overs at many bottleneck areas of the City including Minerva Circle, Shoole Circle, Kasturba Road, Shivananda Circle and near Commercial street. “Already we have planned to have a steel bridge from Minerva Circle to Hudson Circle. Work would start soon at Vidyapeetha Circle where an underpass is coming up. At Shoolay Circle we may require one project.

As the Metro Rail project is underway, we do not want to add more to the chaotic traffic in the City by starting new infrastructure projects. First we would like to have a clear picture of Metro Rail to take further steps in this regard,” said a top BBMP official.

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