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Flyover work stopped, Cong. alleges diversion of funds

Flyover work under way in Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road on Tuesday.

Flyover work under way in Koramangala Intermediate Ring Road on Tuesday.  

Congress MLAs Krishna Byre Gowda and Ramalinga Reddy have alleged the BJP government has diverted funds earmarked for these projects into constituencies represented by BJP and earlier by the rebels

Work on two key flyovers — adding an additional loop to Hebbal flyover and Ejipura flyover — aimed to ease traffic at major bottlenecks in the city, has come to a halt over the last three months.

Congress MLAs Krishna Byre Gowda and Ramalinga Reddy, in whose constituencies these projects are, have alleged the BJP government has diverted funds earmarked for these projects into constituencies represented by BJP and earlier by the rebels, leaving key infrastructure projects stranded — a charge BJP vehemently denies.

The addition of two lanes to Hebbal flyover from the airport towards the city, first proposed in 2015 at a cost of ₹80 crore, has faced a series of hurdles since, the latest being the metro connectivity to KIA. “The state government had asked RITES to prepare a DPR for the junction, which is now done, and the government has accepted it. But work has stopped for the past three months and officials claim they will build it along with the metro line, which may take another five years. The flyover is the gateway to the city. Why should people suffer traffic jams till then,” said Byatarayanapura MLA Krishna Byre Gowda. He also alleged that the BBMP budget reviewed by the BJP government has cut down the funds allotted for the project from ₹107 crore to ₹40 crore.

Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa had, during his city rounds in September, visited the junction and given directions to officials to speed up the intervention at the bottleneck including an underpass below the flyover.

However, BBMP Commissioner B.H. Anil Kumar said the work on the flyover had been stopped to be integrated with metro line. “RITES has given us the DPR according to which we will restart the work soon,” he said, adding that there was no shortage of funds for the project.

Meanwhile, work on the Koramangala – Ejipura flyover has also been stopped for over three months now. The work that began in 2017, was expected to be completed by November 2019. BBMP has an outstanding pending bill of over ₹20 crore to the contractor, who stopped the work. “There was an additional loop to be added to the flyover from Sarjapur Road and cost ₹10 crore. But this has been scrapped. This will only add to the traffic chaos. Funds for the project have been cut,” alleged Ramalinga Reddy, MLA, BTM Layout.

Mr. Kumar said the outstanding payment was due to a technical glitch which was being sorted out. “We will ensure work begins soon,” he said.

S.R. Vishwanath, political secretary to CM and Yelahanka BJP MLA, refuted allegations that the government had cut funds for key infrastructure projects. “The allocations made by Congress were very partisan, which we have distributed evenly. But we will ensure key infrastructure projects will be unhampered,” he said.

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