Repair works to choke city roads for a year

Repair works to choke city roads for a year
Bengalureans must brace up for one year of traffic jams and diversions as the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is all set to begin white-topping of 30 arterial roads stretching across 94 km.

The Palike will kickstart the Rs 972-crore project on October 9 from the ever busy Mysuru road. The actual concrete laying work will commence from October 20 and the entire project is scheduled to be completed in August next year, according to the contract agreement. To be precise, this would mean perpetual traffic snarls and congestion for close to one year.

Initially, concreting will be taken up on 33 km of heavy traffic density stretches – Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Mysuru Road junction and K R Puram (22 kms); K R Market Circle to BHEL Circle (4.80 km); Sampige Road to Metro Cash and Carry on Dr Rajkumar Road; and Mehkri Circle to Prof CNR Rao Circle (6.20 km).

Anticipating traffic gridlock, the BBMP has been holding back-to-back meetings with the Traffic police for the last one month.

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has in a letter to R Hithendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), asked to take measures to divert traffic on these routes. The traffic police have been asked to inform the public in advance about the alternative routes, and install information boards and barricades.

“The Chief Minister has set March 31, 2018 as the deadline to complete the works. All measures are being taken to meet the deadline. BBMP will initiate preliminary works from October 4 and it intends to lay 200 to 250 mt of concrete everyday,” the letter reads.

Hitendra said that while one lane will be taken up for works, the other lane will be used to divert traffic.

Work order has been issued to two Hyderabad based agencies - NCC Ltd and Madhucon Ltd, which have been tasked with completing the works in the next 11 months.

While NCC Ltd will carry out works on six major roads, including junctions, at a cost of Rs 370 crore; Madhucon Ltd will carry out works on 24 roads at a cost of Rs 598.68 crore.

Prasad said that all important roads with maximum traffic density have been considered for this project. “BBMP has never attempted a road works project on such a massive scale. This will be the best thing to happen to the City, as these roads will last for 25 to 30 years,” he said

Package 1 - Total - 39.80 km
1) Leprosy Hospital junction on Magadi Road to Deepanjali Nagar Metro Station (Metro Reaches) - 5.50
2) Devaiah Park to Goraguntepalya junction (Metro Reaches) - 6.20 km
3) Shivashankar Circle on K R Road to Marenahalli junction (Metro Reaches) - 5.90 km
4) ORR connecting Mysore Road to Tumkur Road via Sumanahalli junction - 10.70 km
5) ORR connecting Tumkur Road to Old Madras Road via Hebbal flyover and K R Puram - 11.50 km
6) Junctions:
Ramakrishna Ashram, Lalbagh West Gate, Lalbagh North Gate, Lalbagh South Gate, Siddapura - Teachers’ College, and Bashyam Circle.

Package 2 - Total - 53.67 km
1) Hope Farm to Belathur up to BBMP limits via Kadugodi - 1.80 km
2) ITPL road via Dinnur - 1.61 km
3) Gangadhar Chetty road from Gurudwara to St John’s road - 1.18 km
4) Annaswamy Mudaliar road around Ulsoor Lake - 0.84 km
5) Dispensary road - 0.46 km
6) Lady Curzon road - 0.34 km
7) Plain Street - 0.25 km
8) Venkataswamy Naidu road/Meenakshi Koli Road - 1.03 km
9) Lavelle road - from M G Road to Residency Road - 1.38 km
10) Campbell Road - 0.34 km
11) St Philomena Road - 0.25 km
12) Mother Teresa Road - 1.46 km
13) 20th Main Road Koramangala - 1.50 km
14) Mysore Road - from K R Market Circle to BHEL Circle - 4.80 km
15) Tumkur Road - from Sampige Road to Tumkur Main Road (up to Metro Cash & Carry) & C V Raman Road (from Mekhri Circle to Prof CNR Rao Circle) - 6.20 km
16) Hosur Road - from Brigade Road to Silk Board junction - 5.55 km
17) Trinity Circle to Old Madras Road via Gurudwara up to Bhaskaran junction - 2.10 km
18) Sarjapur Road - from Basappa Circle on K R Road to St John’s Hospital - 5.30 km
19) Bannerghatta Road - from Aneplaya to Jedimara junction - 4.20 km
20) Kanakpura Road - from Basappa Circle to Banashakari temple - 4.60 km
21) Magadi Road - from Okalipuram junction to Sumanahalli - 3.85 km
22) Kengal Hanumanthaiah road - from Richmond Circle to Lalbagh East Gate - 1.30 km
23) Wilson Garden - from KH Road to 12th Cross Road - 1.42 km
24) BTS Road - from K H Road to Mico Road - 1.91 km 

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