Friday, April 28, 2006

Soon, cruise on signal-free road

Soon, cruise on signal-free road

The Hindu

BMP-Railways team up to implement the Rs. 50-crore project

Bangalore: The Rs. 50-crore traffic improvement plan being worked out by Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) and South Wes tern Railway is expected to reduce traffic congestion in Rajajinagar-Okalipuram area.

The plan may enable signal-free flow of traffic from the Rajajinagar underpass up to city bus station and city railway station. Another component will be a new railway station for trains bound for Mysore and beyond. There will be two interlinked flyovers and the Okalipuram Road will be widened to have four lanes.

The project will have the name Improvement of Rajajinagar Link Road between Khoday's Circle and Okalipuram Junction' and is reported to have been selected from among several proposals submitted by consultants.

All the road improvements and construction of the new railway station are expected to be completed in 18 months. The BMP is known to have been studying plans to widen the road between the Rajajinagar underpass and Okalipuram. A larger part of the proposed project area comes under the Railways, who are keen that the plans should benefit train passengers as well. Another factor was to facilitate easy movement to the city railway station and for a separate terminal for Mysore trains.

This has resulted in plans, including two box type railway underbridges, shortening the route from Rajajinagar underpass towards the railway station.

The two interlinked flyovers, connecting the new railway station with the parking area now located at the rear entrance to city railway station and with the city bus station, will help train passengers. The new railway station is planned to come up at the Okalipuram side of city station.

One of the flyovers will have a `U' loop from Platform Road, near Khoday's Circle. The second will start from the new road planned along Seshadripuram and Malleswaram. A multi-level parking lot for those using the city railway station is part of the project.


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