At an event attended by former city development minister KJ George on Thursday, BDA officials promised to complete the project by November. The 920-metre-long flyover was incomplete as ramps were not ready on both sides. The revised project cost is Rs 55 crore.
George, who laid the foundation for relauch of the flyover, said work had stopped four years ago due to land-acquisition problems. “But all of that is sorted now and land has been acquired. We only need to seek permission from the authorities of a small temple along the main road. They have already been given alternative land,” he pointed out.
Thi s comes as good news for motorists travelling between Lingarajpuram and Bagalur and on the Outer Ring Road. A major portion of work has already been completed with only ramps and improvement of the road surface pending.
Somak Banik, who crosses the flyover daily said, “The flyover is redundant now, thanks to the underpass. But work should be completed because a lot of taxpayers’ money has been invested.”
The project which began in 2009 should have been completed in 18 months. “For that 31 properties, including commercial and residential buildings, have been demolished, and we are in the process of giving compensation. The ramps will certainly be ready by November-end,” said a BDA official.
‘Not much of a gain’
“The complete flyover will only provide a small gain. It is part of the junction-free ORR project and work at some junctions is done. But the overall project is stuck at the KR Puram railway station, and unless work restarts there immediately, we will lose the benefit of free-flowing traffic on the ring road. We need to imagine mobility on the city-scale rather than at individual junctions,” said Ashwin Mahesh, infrastructure expert.
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