Friday, October 24, 2008

ROBs to ease traffic woes

ROBs to ease traffic woes
By S Lalitha, DH News Service, Bangalore:
The congested vehicular traffic scenario at Byapannahalli, Krishnarajapuram and Bapuji Nagar is expected to witness some relief in the future as the Railways are set to construct a Road Over Bridge (ROB) at each of these places.

Approvals from BDA, BBMP and PWD have been obtained by the South Western Railways (SWR) early this week.
The ROBs will be constructed on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis with the State government. Each ROB will be 9 metres wide and 6.2 metres high, said S Vijayakumar, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Constructions, SWR. The ROB at Byapannahalli will come up near the proposed Metro station. At Krishnarajapuram, it will be constructed on the route leading from the National Highway to FCI godown while the bridge at Bapuji Nagar will come up along the road leading to Kengeri. Each ROB is expected to cost approximately Rs 10 crore.

“Tenders have been called on behalf of Railways and work will begin by December,” he said. The time taken to construct the track portion by the Railways will range between six and nine months, he added. The other departments are expected to take a similar period to construct the approach roads.

There is some minor land issue related to the Bapuji Nagar bridge while the other two do not have any problems.
Trains on time

The ROBs will also enable Railways to run their trains on time. Over 45 trains pass through the Byappanahalli gate in the Bangalore-Jolarpet section and nearly 30 trains pass through the Bapuji Nagar stretch along the Bangalore-Mysore section, he added. There are plans to dismantle the gates once the ROBs are in place.


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