Thursday, February 17, 2005

Jayadeva flyover open, grade separator not yet

Jayadeva Flyover

Jayadeva flyover open, grade separator not yet
The grade separator resembles a dirt-track and is likely to completed by June.

Deccan Herald

The strange noise that rose over the City on Wednesday was only the collective sigh that was emitted by Bangaloreans, relieved at the prospect of the Jayadeva Circle flyover being finally thrown open to the public.

It has taken just over two years since the project was awarded to the UP State Bridge Corporation, to when the ribbon was cut, on Wednesday. The grade separator isn’t completed yet, and the roads below the flyover are still little more than tracks that would be the delight of any dirt-bike enthusiast. Once it is completed (by June, to go by the promises), the scene will be as follows.

Left right and centre

True to the nature of Bangalore roads, the flyover is a one-way, from the Banashankari end towards the Central Silk board (see graphic). They can take a left at ‘ground level’ to head to Dairy Circle, and a right towards Bannerghatta.

Traffic coming from Bannerghatta can also climb onto the flyover to go towards the Silk Board. To go towards Dairy Circle they must take the underpass, while they can take a turn left towards Banashankari at ground level.

Those coming from the Silk Board can take a left to Bannerghatta, proceed straight on to Banashankari, or take a right to Dairy Circle, all at ground level.

From Dairy Circle, there are ground level left and right turns to the Silk Board and Banashankari respectively, while the underpass speeds the traveller’s way to Bannerghatta.

When the project was awarded to the UP State Bridge Corporation in February 2003, the cost was Rs 17.5 crore. A fuss about increased cost of steel delayed the project for a long time, and it was granted an “extension time” till February 28 this year. The total cost has come up to Rs 20.8 crore, of which Rs 13.8 crore is the cost of the flyover alone.

The flyover was inaugurated by cutting a red tape. If only it were as easy to cut through the lengths of red tape that bind well-meaning, but tardily executed projects like this one.


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