HC stays work on signal-free corridor

The High Court has stayed construction work of the signal-free corridor between Sirsi Circle and Agara via Lalbagh, following a petition by Citizen’s Action Forum, Koramangala I Block Residents’ Welfare Association and others.

The petitioners had contented that the project to make 9.7- km stretch signal-free at a cost of Rs 119 crore was unscientific and would lead to serious traffic problems in the City. 

They sought directions to review the project with the departments concerned. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna has stayed the work.

BackgroundThe work on the stretch between Agara and Sirsi Circle was already in progress with projects for six underpasses worth Rs 150 crore already awarded to contractors along the outer ring road (ORR). 

The signal-free corridor is part of the BDA’s plans to construct a series of underpasses and flyovers in each of the corridors to reduce the distance between the four corners of the City.

Last year, BDA was in the process of assessing the feasibility of creating the corridors. The corridors will come up from Hennur to JC Road, BRV Junction to Yeshwanthpur and Sirsi Circle to Agara Junction near HSR Layout. Each of the three stretches measures over 10 km in length.

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