Work to be taken up from Marathahalli bridge to Sarjapur Road junction

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) that was facing a major hurdle in obtaining the ‘right of way' (RoW) from other civic agencies to complete the pipeline laying work of Cauvery IV Phase 2nd Stage, will start the work within the city limits on Monday.

Traffic on the stretch from Marathahalli bridge to Sarjapur Road-Ring Road junction, where the pipeline laying work will be taken up, is likely to be affected.

A RoW grant is an authorisation to use a specific piece of public land for certain projects such as laying of roads, pipelines and communication lines.

The BWSSB was facing problem in obtaining the RoW from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to lay the Cauvery IV Stage pipeline along the 14.5-km road stretch from K.R. Puram to Agaram junction.

This was because the BDA has taken up work on three flyovers and one underpass on the same stretch and traffic has been diverted on the service road.

Joint inspection

Following a joint inspection on Saturday by officials from the BWSSB, BDA, BBMP and the traffic police along with BWSSB Minister S. Suresh Kumar, this problem was sorted out, and it was decided to take up the work in phases from Monday, Narayan, BWSSB Chief Engineer (Cauvery Works), said.

“We will dig 300 metres first, lay the pipeline and the BDA will restore it soon after. Work on the next stretch will start only after the restoration of the first stretch. We are depositing Rs. 8.52 crore with the BDA for restoration,” he said.

He explained that the BDA preferred to restore the road as it had taken up work on the flyovers on the stretch. “The police have agreed to divert traffic on the stretch from Karthiknagar to Marathahalli and Marathahalli to Kuvempu Circle on HAL Airport Road. Work on the 1.2-km stretch from Marathahalli to Kuvempu Circle will be taken up at night because of the heavy traffic movement during daytime,” Mr. Narayan added. BWSSB Chairperson P.B. Ramamurthy, BDA Engineer Member Srinivas, BBMP Engineer-in-Chief B.T. Ramesh and traffic police officials were part of the inspection team.

  • BWSSB to take up the work in phases from Monday

  • BDA to restore the road after the pipeline is laid