BENGALURU: There is another steel flyover in the making in Bengaluru.
This one, between Hudson Circle and Minerva circle, is expected to be in place in a couple of years. The pitch is that it will shorten travel time from south Bengaluru into central Bengaluru. The 2.91-km bidirectional structure was approved almost a decade ago. The project, according to the feasibility report, is expected to reduce traffic congestion by 78% and save 30 minutes of travel time.
Commuters will also be able to skip seven traffic signals. They are Minerva Junction, Bharat Talkies junction, Shivaji Talkies Junction, Town Hall junction, LIC office junction, Halasuru Gate police station junction and Hudson Circle junction.
N Manjunath Prasad, BBMP Commissioner said it would take about a month’s time to start work. “Chief minister Siddaramaiah, in the recent Bengaluru Metropolitan Planning Committee (BMPC) meeting, has approved the project. Once the state cabinet gives a green signal, we will issue the work order,” he told ET.
Consulting firm Nagesh Consultants, which was roped in to prepare an action plan the same year, recommended the construction of flyover as the volume of traffic was high. The report also stated the guidelines of Indian Road Congress which suggest construction of flyovers on roads that see more than 10,000 passenger car units per hour.
Prasad said the project was delayed due to high quotes from bidders. “The first bidder had quoted 48% more than the estimated cost, which the government rejected. In the second tender, the lowest bidder quoted 33% more than the estimated cost. We have sent the proposal to state cabinet for approval,” Prasad explained.
In the presentation made to the chief minister at the BMPC meeting last week, he was told that the project was vetted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). “Given the nature of the narrow- and high- density vehicular corridor between Minerva Circle and Hudson Circle and the Shivananda junction and the fact that alternative traffic diversion route is difficult, constructing a steel flyover would be the obvious choice,” the presentation states.
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