Thursday, July 24, 2008

Chugging along, slowly

Chugging along, slowly
Basavaraj Itnaal
Three road under/over bridges (Ru/oB) were proposed in 2004 and commenced work in early 2005. The project period was 18 months for all of them. More than two years later the projects are in various stages of incompleteness.

Apparently the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) seems to run into trouble whenever it works with Indian Railways. All the RuBs/RoBs are taken up by the Railways upon request from Palike. While Palike bears all the cost, the projects are executed by the Railways.

The RuB near ITC factory was expected to be thrown open to traffic by the end of 2007 and BBMP revised the deadline and said, in its budget, that it would be open by August 2008. After another revision, the RuB is to be inaugurated by December 2008. Palike special commissioner (Projects) K R Srinivasa told Deccan Herald that BBMP had little role to play now. “We have had a discussion with the Railways who told us that they have had problems with the contractors of late. The contractors have demanded cost of escalation and the Railways is dealing with that. We would be inviting railway officials to another meeting soon so that the project can be speeded up,’’ he said.

Srinivasa said that the project cost was about Rs 7 crore and Palike had paid all the money to the Railways.
A similar fate awaits the RuB in Frazer Town. This also would be completed by December 2008, one year after the scheduled deadline. “Once we pay up the cost to the Railways, we don’t have much say,’’ said Srinivasa.

However, the RoB in Mathikere across Gokula railway crossing seems to be reaching completion little earlier. The RoB that would ease congestion on road connecting to New BEL circle on outer ring road, was supposed to be completed in last year but the Palike budget had hoped to complete it by June 2008. Now the deadline is postponed by another two months.

“The Mathikere RoB would be open to traffic by August 2008,’’ said Srinivasa.


* All RuB/RoBs taken by the Railways upon request from Palike

* Cost is borne by BBMP while projects are implemented by the Railways

* RuB near ITC factory and, one in Frazer Town ready by December; Mathikere by August

Derailed and Delayed

Sticking to deadlines gets particularly tricky for the BBMP when it has to execute the infrastructure projects in association with the Railways or Defence organisations. A case in point are the ongoing works on Railway Under Bridges and Railway Over Bridges, which suffer due to lack of coordination between the Palike and the Railways.

What is your view on the infrastructure project progress in Bangalore City. Send your valuable suggestions,
observations and views to

More on the delimited wards...

The government had prepared the schedule of delimited wards in Bruhat Bangalore
MahanagarA Palike (BBMP) much before the Karnataka High Court ordered it to conduct civic polls in two months. After working on various drafts, the government has eliminated anomalies, like a single ward falling in more than one assembly segment. The draft of schedule of wards complete with boundaries of all wards is awaiting cabinet approval.

Once the schedule is finalised following suggestions and objections, the government willprepare roster points to reserve wards for various categories. On Sunday, Deccan Herald started the series to give you the schedule of all the 145 wards. Here is the next part.

101. Azad Nagar

Ramachandra Agrahara, Azad Nagar, Valmiki Nagar, Kasturba Nagar, Adarsha Nagar, Bhaktha Markendeya Layout, Vittal Nagar

102. Srinagar

Harishta Nagar, Kalidasa Nagar, Banashankari I Stage, Srinagar, Muneshwara Block, Dasarahalli, Nagendra Block, SBM Colony, Hanumantha Nagar (P)

103. Hanumath Nagar

Pipeline Weavers Colony, Brindavan Nagar, Gavipuram Extension, Gavipuram, Hanumantha Nagar (P), Banash-ankari I Stage, Ashok Nagar, Kempambudhi Tank

104. Chamarajpet

Ranasinghpete, K R Market (P) , New Taragupete, Briand Square, Tipu Nagar, Anandapuram, Royan Circle, Chamarajpet, Nanjamba Agrahara, Raghavendra Colony (P), Chamarajpet

105. Kempegowda Nagar

Chikkanna Garden, Raghave-ndra Colony (P), Vinayaka Extension, Layout Extension, Sankarapuram, Kempegowda Nagar, Gangadhareswara Circle, Ramakrishna Square, Ga-ndhi Bazar, Sunkenahalli, Tagore Circle

106. Dharmaraya swamy

Temple Ganigarpete, Halasurpete, Nagartapete, K R Market (P), New Bamboo Bazar, Kumbaragundi, Kalasipalyam, Kalasipalyam Market, Basappa Circle, Cubbon Pete

107. Visweswara puram

Shiva Shankar Circle, Minerva Circle, Parvathipura, Mavalli (P), Sajjan Rao Circle, Visveswarapuram, Vanivilas Circle, Basavana-gudi, Arumugam Circle, Kanaka Nayaka Circle, Kanakanpalya, Jayanagar 2 Block, Ashoka Pillar Circle, Jayanagar 1 Block, South End Circle

108. Sudhama Nagar

Subbaiah Circle, Srinivas Col-ony, Rajaram Mohanroy Extension, Vinobha Nagar, Sudhama Nagar, Minerva Circle, NGO's Colony, Wilson Garden, Hombe Gowda Nagar

109. Mavalli

Mavalli (P), Upparahalli, Javaraya Circle, Lai Bagh Botanical Gardens, Siddaiah Circle, Lai Bagh Tank, Arekempanahalli, Siddapura, Dayananda Colony, Someshwar Nagar

110. Shanthi Nagar

Akkithimmanahalli, Shanti Nagar, Nanjappa Circle, Lakshmiamma Garden, Langford Town, B & C Colony, Jalakanteshwara Nagar, Vinayaka Nagar, Muniswamy Garden, Langford gardens, Richmond town (P)

111. Austin Town

Yerappa Garden, Austin Town New Township, Vannarpet, Viveknagar, Jayarajnagar

112. Neelasandra

Neelasandra, Anepalya (Gajendra Nagar), Dr. Ambedkar Nagar

113. Ejipura

Gowda Muniswamy Garden, National Games Housing Complex, Ejipura, Chandra Reddy Layout, Venkappa Garden, Shinivagalu, Shinivagalu Tank, BED Layout, Koramangala 4 Block, Mestripalya, Koramangala 3 Block, Jakasandra Block,1A Block, SBI Colony, Koramangala 1 Block

114. Koramangala

Rajendra Nagar, Adugodi (P), Koramangala 8 Block, Koramangala 6 Block, KHB Block, 7 Block, Koramangala 5 Block, John Nagar

115. Lakkasandra

Pothulappa Garden, Pukaraj Layout, Adugodi (P), Nanjappa Layout, Gupta Layout, Chandrappa Nagar, Ranga Dasappa Layout, Govardhan Nagar, Lalji Nagar, Sampangi Ram Nagar, Chikka Lakshmaiah Layout, Venkateshwar Layout, Cauvery Layout, Bhavani Nagar, Sadduguntepalya (P), Bhovi Colony

116. Hombegowda Nagar

Wilson Garden, Chinnayanpalya, NIMHANS, Gupta Layout, Dairy Circle, Jayanagar 3 East Block, R B Extension, RBI Colony, S R Krishnappa Garden

117. Pattabhirama Nagar

Bairasandra Extension, Jaya-nagar 4 Block, Jayanagar 3 East Block, Canara Bank Colo-ny, LIC Colony, Jayanagar 4 Block

118. Yediyur

Nettakallappa Circle, Arumugam Circle, South End Circle, Gupta Layout, Vijayarangam Layout, Jayanagar 3 Block, Yediyur Kere, Jayanagar 6 Block, Yediyur Circle, Yediyur, Jayanagar 7 Block

119. Basavanagudi

Basavanagudi, Nettakallappa Circle, N R Colony, Tata Silk Farm, Vidyapeeta Circle, Tyagaraja Nagar, Gururaja Layout

120. Srinivasa Nagar

Banashankari I Stage, Srinivasa Nagar, Siddi Vinayaka Housing Col-ony, Vivekananda Nagar, Banash-ankari III Stage, Siddhartha Circle, 6 Block, Kathreguppe, Chennammanakere Layout, 8 Block

121. Hosakerehalli

Banashankari III Stage (P), II Phase 7 Block, Hosakerehalli, Mukambika Nagar, Dattatreya Nagar, Rangappa Layout

122. Padmanabha Nagar

Kathriguppe III Phase, Kathriguppe IV Phase, Syndicate Bank Colony, Padmanabha Nagar, Chikka Kalsandra, Padmanabha Nagar, Kadarenahalli, R R Layout, Brindavan Layout

123. Ganesh Mandir

Banashankari III Stage (P), Banashankari II Stage, Karisandra

124. Jayanaga

Jayanagar 8 Block, Jayanagar 5 Block, Aurobindo Circle, 4 T Block (Tilak Nagar), Pattabhirama Nagar, Jayanagar
125. Gurappana palya

Bismillah Nagar, Gurappanapalya, Tavarekere, Maruthi HBS Layout, KEB Colony, Vysya Bank Colony

to be continued...


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