After missing several deadlines, the two-level flyover at Nayandahalli at the Junction of Mysore Road and Outer Ring Road (ORR) will partially be opened for traffic by this weekend. The stretch connecting the ORR from Tumkur Road towards Banashankari is almost ready and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) that is constructing the flyover has been allowing traffic on trial basis since Saturday.
A senior BDA official concerned told The Hindu that the contractor is giving the finishing touch on the stretch and work will be completed by this weekend.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) M. Abdulla Saleem said that the partial opening of the flyover is bound to offer considerable relief for vehicles at the Nayandahalli Junction, particularly those moving on the outer ring road. The waiting period at the junction too will come down, he said. Vehicles, both using Mysore Road as well as the outer ring road, would take anything between 15 to 25 minutes depending upon the time of the day to pass the signal at this junction. The BDA had started work on the project in the first quarter of 2011 and had promised to complete it by December 2011. However, it was unable to complete even one stretch of the flyover after one-and-a-half years. The outer ring road stretch was earlier scheduled for completion in December and then May even as the whole project is scheduled for completion by December 2012.
The partial opening, however, may not bring complete relief for those using Mysore Road because of the pathetic road condition, Mr. Saleem said.
The condition of the road coupled with inordinate waiting time at the KIMCO (BHEL) Junction could ruin the happiness of commuters, he said. The bridge-over-drain connecting Chord Road and Mysore Road is in the final stages of completion and once it is open, KIMCO Junction could be made signal-free bringing in much relief.