BBMP proposes two steel flyovers in Bengaluru

After the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT’s’) interim relief over the Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA’s) prohibitively costly Rs 1,791 crore 6.7-Km-long steel flyover project from Chalukya Circle to Hebbal flyover, now it is the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) which is pushing for two steel flyover projects – on JC Road and at Shivananda Circle.

The civic agency has sought tender approvals for both the projects to make it easier for execution.

Interestingly, the costs of both the steel flyover projects have gone up – almost by 50 per cent.

Originally, the proposed JC Road steel flyover was estimated to cost Rs 134 crore, which has gone up to nearly Rs 225 crore; while the Shivananda Circle project, estimated at Rs 46.70 crore, has gone up to Rs 60 crore.

An engineer, who wished to remain anonymous, said the platform is ready for execution of both the projects. “We have sent the proposal to the state government as we have completed the tendering process. Bidders had quoted much higher prices, but after conducting negotiations we have been able to bring it down to certain level. The proposal seeking the government’s approval was sent a few days ago. Once a confirmation comes, we can go ahead with the project,” he said.

According to the engineer the original cost of the JC Road steel flyover was around Rs 118, which was put in the tender documents. But the complete cost of the project comes to around Rs 134 crore, including utilities shifting and other related works. Similarly, Shivananda Circle steel flyover project cost was around Rs 15 crore. But all costs included, it comes to Rs 46.70 crore.

Recently, when the tender document was opened, the successful bidder in JC road project quoted Rs 202.5 crore only for the flyover, while including utility shifting and other works the cost got escalated to around Rs 225 crore. Ditto with the Shivananda Circle project, where the cost escalated by Rs 15 crore, he said.

In fact, Bangalore Mirror, in its edition dated October 22, had published a story titled “Whatever happened to these steel flyovers?” as JC Road flyover project was mooted around 18 years ago, but had only remained on paper.

Shivananda Circle is a prime junction and close to Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state politics. The junction is surrounded by VIP residential layouts like Ministers’ Quarters, Judges’ Quarters and the Kumara Krupa Guest House. This steel flyover project will connect commuters from Race Course Road towards Hare Krishna Road and the Railway underpass in Seshadripuram. Shivananda Circle is the intersection formed by the crossing of Hare Krishna Road with Kumara Krupa Road. Contractor MVR is the successful bidder for this project.

The JC Road steel flyover was planned when Congress ruled the city corporation, but the proposal and the concept only remained in the files. Later in the year 2014, chief minister Siddaramaiah announced financial help for undertaking the project, but the BBMP had to wait long as no bidders showed any interest in it. Simplex Infrastructure has now bagged the project by quoting 50 per cent more than the current scheduled rates.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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