Saturday, October 30, 2004

Deadlines are meant for the birds

'Sorry'...flyover not completed yet
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: The sign board says it all. There are mega snags in the mega city project. But authorities seem to have washed their hands off the issue after putting up a ‘Sorry...’ board.

While the Chief Minister recently said that work on the Jayadeva flyover on Bannerghatta Road would be completed by February 2005, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) is apologetically declaring the end date as December 15, 2004.

The long lines of congested traffic are fast becoming a spectacle all over the city and construction work sites of flyovers have become major bottlenecks. The delay in these works can only make things worse. Motorists on Bannerghatta Road couldn’t agree more.

The flyover is yet to make any considerable progress and BDA has already postponed its completion by six months. Once complete, it is expected to ease traffic on Bannerghatta Road and Hosur Road, which are witnessing huge congestion.

Estimated to cost Rs.17 crore, no BDA official was willing to comment on the escalation in costs due to the delay. The UP State Bridge Building Corporation has taken up the work. The agency recently restarted work after the CM spoke to his UP counterpart.


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