Residents of Koramangala staged a snap protest on Monday against the construction of the underpass work on Sarjapur Road between Madiwala Check Post and Agara Lake, terming it as unscientific and poorly planned.
“The project was planned without a scientific study of the traffic on the road. The project has reportedly been planned based on an outdated traffic survey,” C.N. Radhakrishnan, a resident, alleged.
According to him, the residents found, a couple of months ago, that the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had planned to construct a series of underpasses to make a signal-free corridor till Agara Lake. He said that as per the plan, the underpass would eat up into the available road space.
“There is no provision for pedestrian crossing, bus bays. If constructed, no public transport system can be incorporated in future. Not only this, but at least 150 trees will have to be felled to take up the underpass construction,” he said.
Dr. Radhakrishnan said that around three weeks ago, the residents met BDA Commissioner Bharatlal Meena and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner Siddaiah.
“We told them that most traffic on Sarjapur Road is due to heavy traffic on Hosur Road. The BBMP is working on making Hosur Road a signal-free corridor. If the work is completed, traffic on Sarjapur Road will decrease. The officials agreed to re-look at the plans,” he said. Three days ago, the residents were informed by the MLA Ramalinga Reddy that the plans had been reworked. However, without any public consultation, the work was to be taken up on Monday.
“When we got to know of this, 30 residents staged a snap protest. We suspected some hidden agenda in taking up the work in this stretch. We have also started a signature campaign,” he said and stressed the need for better coordination between BDA and BBMP.