Work on the Kadirenahalli underpass began more than two years ago
The engineers and the project management consultant overseeing the construction of the Kadirenahalli underpass got an earful from members of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Standing Committee for Major Works.
The members, who inspected the spot, were surprised to find that drinking water was being used for curing the construction.
Committee member S. Harish took the contractors (Madava Hytech) and consultant (Geotech) to task and said that neither had formally informed the BBMP about the reasons for the delay in construction of the underpass. The underpass construction was taken up more than two years ago and only 40 per cent of the work had been completed.
“The contractor is executing around 15 other projects across the city. All works taken up by him are progressing at a snail's pace. We have directed him to build a tank temporarily and store water to be used for curing purposes,” Mr. Harish said. H. Ravindra, committee chairperson, said the contractor would be given 100 days to complete the project and open the road for traffic. He also directed the contractor to ensure 100 per cent compliance to third-party reports. “The BBMP still has to acquire around 44 houses. The residents are demanding compensation of Rs. 3,000 per sq. ft, while the BBMP is ready to pay them Rs. 2,450 per sq. ft. I will meet the residents along with Special Commissioner and Engineer-in-Chief on Tuesday and discuss the issue,” he said.
The team later inspected storm-water drains at Balaji Layout, near Nandi Enclave at Banashankari 3rd Phase and the one opposite Kamakhya Theatre. At Balaji Layout, the team found that the retaining wall had been damaged and four houses had encroached upon the drain. Mr. Ravindra has directed officials to demolish the encroached portion on Monday.
Bridge to stop flooding
To prevent flooding, the BBMP would construct a bridge on the storm-water drain on Ring Road, opposite Kamakhya Theatre, at a cost of Rs. 25 crore. “We will seek the permission of the Traffic Police to close a portion of the road for construction of the bridge. Work will begin in 15 days and construction will be completed within two months. With the construction of the bridge, there will be no obstruction in the flow of water in the drain,” he said.
The BBMP will construct a flyover at the Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle, near Deve Gowda Petrol Bunk at Padmanabhanagar, on a turnkey basis at a cost of Rs. 25 crore. The project has already been approved by the Government and construction would begin in 15 days' time. Mr. Ravindra said that the flyover would link Mysore Road to Kanakapura Road. “We are also looking into the feasibility of constructing another flyover connecting N.R. Colony and Padmanabhanagar,” he added.
Earlier, the members, including chairperson on Standing Committee for Ward-level Works L. Srinivas, visited Yediyur ward.