Friday, January 28, 2005

Keep repeating a lie and it become the truth

Jayadeva grade separator by February
The completion of this project will come as a relief to commuters as it is a crucial junction connecting the 'IT triangle' of the city, says R Jayaprakash
The Times of India

Come February and people in the city commuting towards Bannerghatta and Hosur Road will have much to cheer about as the flyover part of the grade separator at Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology will be thrown open to them. This is expected to happen around the middle of February.

Thanks to some quick measure taken by the authorities, the work on the project which had come to a grinding halt once, has finally reached the completion stage.

It may be recalled here that the work was entrusted to UP State Bridge Corporation at a contract value of Rs 17.56 crores with the scheduled date of completion as April 2004. The project hit roadblocks after issues of payment of differential cost of reinforcement steel and release of security deposit against bank guarantee surfaced.

The issues were resolved by M N Vidyashankar, Commissioner, BDA and fresh deadlines were slated for the pending grade separator project. And according to the revised deadline, the completion of grade separator at Jayadeva Institute was by February 2005. Also, advance payment for procurement of reinforcement steel to a tune of 75 percent has been made for speeding up the works.

Speaking on the project, Vidyashankar said, "while the flyover portion of the work will be completed by mid February 2005 and will be open to public, the underpass work which is going on in a rapid pace will be completed by May 2005".

Vehicle movement

This grade separator is a mix of an underpass and a flyover as in the case of Dairy Circle. It consists of a two/three unidirectional flyover and a four-lane bi-directional underpass. While the flyover connects Banashankari and Central Silk Board (leading to Hosur Road), a loop from Bannerghatta Road joins the main flyover to provide free right turning movement along Outer Ring Road towards Central Silk Board. The underpass joins the road from Dairy Circle junction and Bannerghatta Road.

The grade separators at Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Dairy Circle were crucial as both these junctions connect to the 'IT triangle' of the city. A BDA study carried out two years ago had revealed that the traffic volume in these two junctions was 11,000 PCU/hour. The project, once completed, is expected to provide substantial relief to commuters who pass through these junctions that are extremely congested right now.

Flyover at Ananda Rao Circle

This project has been entrusted to Simplex Concrete Piles (I) Ltd. at a contract value of Rs 27.60 crores with the scheduled date of completion as November 14, 2005. While the peak hour traffic recorded at Ananda Rao Circle is 15,125 PCU/hour, traffic volume at Subbanna Circle is 9,669 PCU/hour. The work comprises a main flyover along Seshadri Road for a total of 646 metres with five-lane undivided one-way flyover up to Ananda Rao Circle with a two-lane one-way down ramp towards Basaveshwara Circle and four-lane one-way flyover along Seshadri Road crossing Ananda Rao Circle and Subbanna Circle. A loop is provided towards Race Course Road with a unidirectional 7.5 metres wide carriageway grade level service road for free turn towards Seshadripuram.


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