Panel dumps signal-free corridor project

The committee headed by Kaushik Mukherjee, Additional Chief Secretary to Karnataka government, has rubbished the Sirsi Circle-Agara Junction signal-free corridor project, terming it ‘faulty.’ The panel has asked the civic agencies involved to stop the work immediately on the Sarjapur Road and restore the work site to its earlier state.

Sources with access to the report said the committee has trashed the project mainly because it passes through residential area and hence was not a feasible proposition. It has also found fault with the proposal since no public consultation had been held on the project.

According to the report, it is better to concentrate on road arterials designed and designated to carry main traffic rather than direct heavy traffic through residential colonies. It would be appropriate to dovetail various schemes already in the pipeline with various civic agencies and make use them rather than a single agency implementing the major proposals.

Sources claimed that the committee has pushed for the development of Hosur Road saying that the road was a continuation of the National Highway, and should be designed to carry the maximum traffic.

It has suggested that a series of integrated underpasses from Forum Mall to Hosur Road can be considered or an elevated stretch can be permitted.
It also recommended for an elevated road near the Ayyappa Swamy Temple on the
Hosur Road.

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