Those awful speed bumps on the Sirsi Circle flyover, which were hindering the smooth flow of traffic, will be soon be removed by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) when it installs new expansion joints.
According to the tentative plan, traffic will be blocked on one side at a time from August 25 in consultation with the city traffic police. Sources said 15 expansion joints — 11 on the main stretch and four on the ramps towards City Market, Chamarajpet and Goods Shed Road, will be replaced. The contract, worth Rs. 4 crore, has been awarded to the Kolkata-based Sanfield (India) company. The work is likely to be completed in three months.
The flyover's expansion joints have been in need of replacement for several years now but there were no takers for the work even after the BBMP had floated the tenders a couple of times.
On Tuesday, motorists had to endure yet another traffic jam on the flyover for a while, thanks to two protest marches taken out by students in support of anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare.
Meanwhile, G.H. Ramachandra, Chairperson of BBMP Standing Committee for Major Works, has recommended that a penalty be levied on Madhava Hitech for delaying the completion of the Kadirenahalli underpass. Though several deadlines have been set, the construction has still not been completed. He threatened to blacklist the contractor if the underpass is not completed soon.
He also warned the contractor and BBMP engineer for delaying the construction of bridge across the storm water drain at Gubbalala village, off Kanakapura Road. Work on it has not commenced even six months after the tender was awarded.