Press Esc to close
Monday 23 January 2017
News updated at 1:52 PM IST
Weather
Max: 30.3°C
Min : 16.8°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

CNR Rao underpass: No end in sight

Nivedita Jain
The deadlines displayed on a BBMP board at the site of the ongoing but much-delayed CNR Rao Circle Underpass near Indian Institute of Science (IISc) couldn’t be more telling: “Date of commencement of the project – January 2010, Date of completion of the project – September 2011.’’ A reality check showed that even after three and half years, the work, being executed as part of a JnNURM scheme, is nowhere near total completion.

Trapped amid myriad problems due to poor design, location and cost-overruns, the project has caught the attention of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah too. Recently, he had inspected the place and rapped the BBMP officials for their inability to meet the deadline.

The Chief Minister has now set a new deadline and firmly told the Palike to get the underpass operational by December 2013.

But residents of nearby areas and frequent commuters on the road had heard about many such deadlines, none of which were met. The project, which had an initial cost estimate of 22.60 crore and now hovers around Rs 30 crore, was designed to reduce the traffic chaos and ensure smooth flow of vehicles going towards Maramma Circle (Malleswaram), Yeshwantpur and Mekhri Circle.

As things stand, only one side of the underpass near Indian Institute of Science (IISc), connecting Maramma Circle and Yeshwantpur has been opened. The BBMP and the traffic police are monitoring the oncoming traffic from Mekhri Circle through the underpass that has been opened. Commuters say they have been using it for six months now, but want the other side linking Mekhri Circle and Yeshwantpur to be ready at the earliest.

B V Kamala, who works at the Science Institute Postal Office, located right opposite the ongoing underpass spot, elaborates on the problem: “Malleswaram 18th Cross motorists who want to come to our post office have to pass through Nirmala Rani School Road, Yeshwantpur Circle and other neighbouring areas as the road has been made one-way.

Earlier it was not much time-consuming to reach our office as the lane was two-way and there ware no traffic diversions.”

BBMP Superintendent Engineer (Major Roads), K T Nagaraj says the underpass work, being jointly executed by East Coast Constructions & Industries (ECCI) and Madhava Hytech is one of a kind. “It is a unique Y-shaped underpass and about 60 per cent is completed. Two Service Roads at IISc campus are still yet to be constructed. There were obstructions in the form of shifting utilities, land acquisition, contractor's problem among others. We are completing the work at the earliest.”

While commuters are agitated over the slow pace of work, even traffic policemen manning the area are not impressed. A constable, Satish Kumar has his hands full monitoring the heavy traffic flow near Maramma Temple Junction, near 18th Cross, Malleswaram. Says he, “The road is full of potholes now and looks messy. On weekdays in morning and evening peak hours specially, the traffic flow is dense. There are no proper footpath along the underpass stretch making it difficult for public to walk.” The pedestrians couldn’t agree more.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Olympic finalist Gymnast Dipa Karmakar being felicitated with Assames japi,Khoria and gomacha...

Olympic finalist Gymnast Dipa Karmakar being felicitated with Assames japi,Khoria and gomacha...

A boat man carries Hindu devotees in the river Yamuna early in the morning during magh Mela in...

A boat man carries Hindu devotees in the river Yamuna early in the morning during magh Mela in...

Austria's Michael Matt speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom...

Austria's Michael Matt speeds down the course during an alpine ski, men's World Cup slalom...

Punjab tableaux artists pose a photo during a press preview in New Delhi on Sunday...

Punjab tableaux artists pose a photo during a press preview in New Delhi on Sunday...

AIADMK leader SP Velumani inaugurates Cattle race after the urgent law was passed for...

AIADMK leader SP Velumani inaugurates Cattle race after the urgent law was passed for...

Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit and Manish Paul atteded the ‘Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017’ in...

Bollywood actors Madhuri Dixit and Manish Paul atteded the ‘Umang Mumbai Police Show 2017’ in...

Youngstres and Students during the protest to Lift ban on jallikattu and impose ban on PETA...

Youngstres and Students during the protest to Lift ban on jallikattu and impose ban on PETA...

India Captain Virat Kohli celebrate after his 50 runs during 3rd ODI against England at Eden...

India Captain Virat Kohli celebrate after his 50 runs during 3rd ODI against England at Eden...

Rescue and relief work in progress at the site where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express train derailed...

Rescue and relief work in progress at the site where Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express train derailed...

Samajwadi Party Vice president Kiranmoy Nanda, SP state president Naresh Utam and Congress state...

Samajwadi Party Vice president Kiranmoy Nanda, SP state president Naresh Utam and Congress state...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523