Steel flyover project enters tendering stage

Steel flyover project enters tendering stage

The tenders for the much hyped steel flyover/elevated corridor from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal, also known as Chalukya Circle flyover, is under evaluation. 

According to Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) officials, the tenders for the project are now being finalised. Work is expected to start a few months after that.

 However, clarity is yet to emerge on the funding expected from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) coffers. Senior BDA and state government officials are in talks with the Centre to release the money. But the uncertainty continues.  

BDA has estimated the cost of the project to be Rs 1,350 crore. The entire 6.9-km length of the corridor will require 55,000- 60,000 tonnes of steel. The project cost has escalated from Rs 1,200 crore due to the rise in steel prices and labour charges.

The flyover is designed to ease movement of traffic emerging from Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain, Vidhana Soudha, Golf Club, High Grounds, Freedom Park, Sankey Road and surrounding areas. As part of the construction process, the existing flyover and magic box on Sankey Road will be demolished. 

A BDA official points out that talks are also on to link this steel flyover with the newly proposed elevated corridor from Central Silk Board to Hebbal junction (north- south). This could further delay the commencement of the project. The ground feasibility for this linkage is being studied and a report is to be prepared soon. The official explains that some parts of this proposed elevated corridor would also be made of steel. So ground testing at various junctions is essential before preparing the project report. 

The Authority opines that the project is essential and will ensure speedy traffic movement to the Kempegowda International Airport. But quality and maintenance of the structures will be a challenge as the state government department has no experience in this type of construction. The BDA official admits this is crucial as civic agencies generally ignore the maintenance of flyovers once they are built.  

STUP Consultants Private Limited director Anbu Thomas Samuel says the steel flyover was part of the previous state budget and the elevated corridors are part of the latest budget. The construction material of the elevated corridors will depend on the area. 

A steel flyover was decided for the flyover from Basaveshwara circle to Hebbal since it is in the City centre with huge traffic movement. Since the Chalukya flyover will also use concrete, the design can be in such a manner that the elevated corridor can be linked to this flyover. 

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