The BBMP has decided to stick to only re-construction of the stretch. Siddaiah stated that the BBMP did not intend to go against the wishes of the BU authorities while building the road on University campus. “The proposal to maintain and re-construct the road was made by the BU authorities. We will not touch the trees in that case,” he said.
The commissioner said that the prime reason for the cutting of the trees was to facilitate the construction of the cycle track along the 2.4-kilometre stretch. The project, in all likelihood, will now be dropped.
The BBMP was to construct the road at a cost of Rs 13.14 crore, with a two metre-wide cycle lane.
The road, proposed to be a two-lane carriage way, was also supposed to have a two metre-wide footpath-cum-drain. The total width of the road was expected to be around 30 metres.
Apart from the construction of the link road, the Palike will also take up the repair work of nearly 500 metres of the road from the campus towards Mariyappanapalya and repair work on another 2.4-kilometre stretch in the opposite direction. The total length of road repair and construction will be around 5.5 kilometres.