Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Still time for Airport Road & Jayadeva flyovers

Still time for Airport Road & Jayadeva flyovers
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: People will have to wait longer for the completion of the ongoing flyover project on Airport Road and the underpass project at Jayadeva Circle. While the one on Airport Road is expected to be completed within eight months from the date of resumption of work, the project at Jayadeva Circle will be complete within six months.

The High Court’s latest order, which is in favour of the contractor UP State Bridge Corporation Limited (UPSBC) has come as a big relief to Bangaloeans who had put up with these incomplete structures.

“They will now have to complete the Airport Road project by eight months and the Jayadeva under-pass by six months of starting the work,” BDA Commissioner M N Vidya Shankar said.

Even after two years of commencement of the project, only 30 per cent of the work has been completed so far on the Airport Road flyover and 80 per cent in the case of the Jayadeva flyover. The works had begun in February 2003 and were scheduled to be completed by April 2004.

The Airport Road flyover was given an extension till June 30 2005, but has not neared completion. The BDA then terminated the contract with UPSBC. BDA invited revised tenders and identified alternate agencies.

The UPSBC then approached the High Court Divisional Bench and brought a stay. The Divisional Bench has given the judgment in favour of UPSBC asking them to go ahead with the construction of the project.

“Meetings are being held with the local officials of the UPSBC. The Managing Director of UPSBC will be in Bangalore soon. After talking to him the final terms will be drawn,” he said.


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