Diversion on Ambedkar Veedhi

Diversion on Ambedkar Veedhi

BMRCL to begin the construction work of alternate road in August

The road will be constructed on either side of Ambedkar Veedhi, on the lawns of Vidhana Soudha and High Court. A vehicular movement restriction plan to this effect has been prepared and is likely to be announced by the end of this month.

While the BMRCL has already received necessary clearances from the State Secretariat, Horticulture Department and the law enforcement authorities, it will make a presentation to the High Court Registrar next week, to be followed by a survey to barricade the area, on which the lawn exists in front of the court, says BMRCL Managing Director N Sivasailam.

“Survey work in front of Vidhana Soudha is over. PWD has already begun digging of land to construct a security cordon at the secretariat,” he said. On the decision to offload its contractor on Reach 3 (Yeshwantpur to Swastik) for slow performance in construction of piers, Sivasailam said, “Finances of the contractor have been the primary reason for delay. The bank guarantees of IDEB have been withdrawn, following the decision to offload IDEB.”

Diversion plan ready

Meanwhile, the traffic authorities are ready with the diversion plan for vehicular movement and are waiting for the BMRCL to announce the date to construct the alternate diversion road near Vidhana Soudha, Central College and Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium. “The date of implementation of the plan, will be announced to the public only after metro authorities have cleared all formalities of the tender,” said a senior police official.

According to the diversion plan, the alternative road will start from the Gopala Gowda Circle and  after the Vidhana Soudha North Gate towards Coffee Board junction, while on the opposite direction, it will start from the old KGID building and end at the Gopala Gowda Circle. Traffic from Minsk Square towards K R Circle will be allowed to take the road inside Cubbon Park and join the alternative road near old KGID (Advocate General’s) Building, he added.

Chief Engineer (Design and Construction) N P Sharma said the 8.8 km underground section of Bangalore Metro will have six stations. “We will have twin tunnels constructed using a tunnel boring machine, adopting a cut and cover method. Average depth at which tunnels will be excavated is 12 metres, below ground. The underground stations at Kempegowda Bus Station in Majestic will have a depth of 18 meters and be an important inter-modal transit centre for Metro operations,” he explained.

Time table

Completion schedule of 42.3 km ‘Namma Metro’ corridor

* Cricket Stadium and Byappanahalli: December 2010/January 2011
* Swastik to Yeshwantpur to Hessarghatta Road: June 2011
* Underground section: June 2012
* City Railway Station to Mysore Road: August 2012
* K R Road to R V Road Terminal to Puttenahalli: September 2012

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