High Court pulls up BBMP in Sivananda flyover case

High Court  pulls up BBMP in Sivananda flyover case

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday asked the BBMP to respond to an  application, questioning the non-compliance of the Indian Road Congress' (IRC) guidelines, while hearing a PIL challenging the construction of a steel flyover at Sivananda Circle.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh and Justice P S Dinesh Kumar were hearing a PIL filed by B P Mahesh and 19 citizens  residing near Sivananda Circle.

The petitioner said  that the design of the flyover is not in accordance with the guidelines of the IRC.

He stated that the clearance was  given for a 4.5-metre flyover, which is against the IRC guidelines that  stipulate a height of 5.5 metre.

Even the gradient is steep as only a 368-metre flyover is being built as against the required length of 468 metre, as specified by the IRC.

The petitioner has  filed an application questioning the compliance of IRC guidelines by BBMP as to whether the mandated guidelines have been  considered in the construction.

The BBMP stated that it is not mandatory to implement the regulations of the IRC. However, they have followed most of specifications listed by the IRC.

The bench asked the BBMP to give a detailed response to the application filed by the petitioner.

The bench also asked the Bangalore Development Authority to be present during  the next hearing, and  adjourned the case to  November 27.

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