Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Flyover, rather than road widening

Flyover, rather than road widening

at last, The civic body plans alternative ways to ease traffic

Team DNA

With the road widening projects of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike being so stiffly opposed, the civic body is now considering alternatives. If all goes as the Palike now plans, the city will see 40 new underpasses and at least 10 flyovers or grade separators. Some of these new projects are likely to come up in the Central Business District (CBD), at the Lalbagh-Siddaiah Road junction near Urvashi theatre, the Basaveshwara Circle and High Grounds Circle.
A senior BBMP official said that the new projects are part of the Rs23,000 crore infrastructure project planned for the state capital. "We are also planning structures in areas newly added to the BBMP, including Mahadevapura, Rajarajeshwarinagar, Kengeri, Bommanahalli, Yelahanka and KR Puram," he said.
The 10-km-long elevated corridor from Mysore Bank Circle to Kengeri will be built as earlier planned. "This elevated corridor would come as a boon to traffic plying the Mysore Road. Traffic jams are common here through the day," said a BBMP engineer, who added that the Palike is also revoking the plan to build a steel flyover between Minerva Circle and Hudson Circle along JC Road for the use of light vehicles, which the last two budgets of the Palike promised.
Mayor SK Nataraj said that wherever it was possible to ease congestion by building underpasses or flyovers rather than widening roads, it would be done. "We will move ahead in the matter after a survey is conducted," Nataraj said.

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