BDA to take up repair of Hebbal Flyover immediately

BDA to take up repair of Hebbal Flyover immediately

The minor crack on the Hebbal flyover towards airport road in Bengaluru on Thursday 20th September 2018. Photo by Janardhan B K

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) will soon begin repair work on the Hebbal Flyover after a minor crack developed on one of its loop last week. All officials have been asked to take up investigation and maintenance work of the Hebbal Flyover on an immediate basis. 

Though the crack developed on a section that is being maintained by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), the BDA has now taken it upon itself to repair it.

“For people’s safety and to ensure that there is no untoward incident the BDA has decided to take up the maintenance of the flyover. However NHAI will have to cooperate. The work will be taken up immediately after conducting an inspection. The cost has not been decided yet,” the source added.

These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting convened on Tuesday to address the issues faced by the arterial link connecting north Bengaluru with the Kempegowda International Airport.

During the meeting three key issues were highlighted- lapses on the part of the BDA in maintaining the flyover, water logging in the drains and sewage lines and the need to recheck all the bearings. 

“All the bearings are submerged in the stagnated water. That needs to be cleared. The commuters are also facing a lot of problem due to that. The officials were questioned about why it was not cleared in the last two days. The bearings will also have to be checked. Another problem we face is that the Hebbal lake is filled to the brim. The BWSSB has been directed to handle the water-logging issue on war-footing,” sources present in the meeting told DH.

Officials from BDA, NHAI, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) have been asked to take immediate action. They have been directed to clear the stagnant water below the flyover where the bearings have been submerged. The work will start after a team visits the flyover on Wednesday.