Carmelaram level crossing widening project gets a boost

Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan said the work was delayed as the BBMP dragged its feet on the railways’ proposal. Mohan released Rs 16 lakhs under the MP’s Local Area Development fund to begin the work immediately.

Bringing relief for commuters suffering from traffic snarls on both sides of the railway level crossing at Carmelaram, the railways is likely to start work on widening the crossing in December.

Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan said the work was delayed as the BBMP dragged its feet on the railways’ proposal. Mohan released Rs 16 lakhs under the MP’s Local Area Development fund to begin the work immediately.

Mohan met Divisional Railway Manager R S Saxena and handed over the letter releasing the funds. “The DRM assured him that the work on widening the road will commence in the first week of December,” a release from Mohan’s office said.

Citizens have held several protests and online campaigns urging the railways to eliminate the level crossing on the key road connecting the IT hubs. Those rushing to office in the morning and evening peak hours are regularly forced to wait at the crossing as it is also the time for peak rail traffic.

In August 2018 SWR asked the BBMP to widen the road, dismantle the existing gate lodge and reconstruct the new gate lodge towards Byappanahalli. However, the BBMP failed to respond and did not release the required funds for the Railways to take up the work.

Speaking to DH, Mohan said the railways is also planning to take up the road overbridge project to eliminate the level crossing. “If they had taken up the project without widening the road, it would have been a nightmare for commuters who get stuck at the bottleneck,” he said.

BBMP in-charge Chief Engineer B S Prahlad did not respond to DH despite repeated attempts.
 

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