MG Road boulevard to be ready by month-end

 The MG Road boulevard which is being reconstructed by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will be thrown open to public by the end of April.

The boulevard with two-tier walkway is receiving finishing touches with inspection and maintenance checks being carried out by engineers and BMRCL authorities.

The walkway that is decked up with 15 to 20 varieties of bougainvillea and other decorative flowering plants is being presently monitored by the workers. To keep a tab on visitors, the number of security personnel at the boulevard will be increased from the existing five to 10 once it is inaugurated, sources said.

Construction of ‘hi-tech’ public toilets at the two ends of the boulevard has been completed. For public convenience, shopping space, gallery, museum, children play area and fountains have been created.

The BMRCL earlier had promised that the work would be completed by December 2012. “The old boulevard, which was the pride of the City, was known for its pleasant ambience. We wanted the newly one to be of the same standards and much better in terms of facilities. Hence, it took us more time in executing the project,” said BMRCL spokesperson B L Yashwant Chavan.    

Concourse

The old boulevard was demolished in April 2007 to make way for the construction of via-ducts for the ‘Namma Metro’ project. The reconstruction work is being executed by the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited at an estimated cost of Rs five crore.

Meanwhile, a three-floor concourse of the Metro station is coming up on the site where the Plaza  theatre once stood. It was razed in 2010.

The concourse that will facilitate people from the Church Street side reach the station and board the Metro train is expected to be completed by October 2013, according to BMRCL officials. According to contractors, two floors of the structure have already been completed.

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