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CM to launch work on three flyovers today

Bangalore April 9. The Chief Minister, S.M.Krishna, will lay foundation stones on Thursday for three flyovers to be build by the Bangalore Development Authority.

To be constructed in 15 months, the flyovers will come up at the Airport Road- Intermediate Ring Road (IRR) junction, Jayadeva Cardiology Institute Circle, and at the Bannerghatta Road-Dairy Circle.

The flyovers will be constructed by the U.P. State Bridge Corporation Ltd., according to the BDA Chairman, Jayakar Jerome.

The Intermediate Ring Road has become popular with suburban motorists as it has the shortest connectivity to Airport Road and other northern parts of the City. It has also resulted in heavy traffic congestion at the Airport Road junction.

The traffic density here is more than 15,000 passenger car units per hour as against the actual capacity of 10,800 PCU per hour, during peak hours.

This means vehicles are lined up for 250 to 300 metres in either direction, and the waiting period will be up to six minutes at some spots. Added to this are constraints such as the limited width of Airport Road and the storm water drain cutting across Airport Road and Indiranagar Road.

The proposed flyover will overcome these problems.

It will also be scenic, taking advantage of the grove of trees in the northern part of Airport Road, according to BDA. The flyover will have four loops and grade-level roads with the main flyover along the Koramangla-Indiranagar Road. Movement of vehicles will be free in all directions and the junction will not have signal lights.

The length of the flyover will be 1.81 km. Of this, 440 metres of the main flyover will run along the Koramangala-Indiranagar side and the four loops and grade-bridge will be 1.31-km. long. The project will cost the BDA Rs. 34.65 crore and is expected to be completed in 15 months.

The Dairy Circle, about seven km. from the City centre, forms the east-west axis. Bannerghatta Road links large residential areas such as BTM Layout and J.P.Nagar. Major landmarks in the City, such as NIMHANS, Bangalore Dairy, and Christ College all contribute to heavy traffic at this junction. Peak hour density is over 12,000 PCU per hour as against the capacity of 7,400 PCU per hour. The project will cost Rs. 35.19 crore.

The grade separator here will segregate traffic on the east-west and north-south axis through the 544-metre flyover or overpass along Hosur Road and a 315-metre underpass along Bannerghatta Road.

The intersection of Bannerghatta Road and BTM Layout Road, about 9 km. from the heart of the City, will have two arms forming part of Outer Ring Road and the other two linking residential and commercial areas. Traffic density here is over 15,000 PCU per hour as against the capacity of 8,000 PCU per hour. The proposed grade separator will streamline traffic along Banashankari Road and Bannerghatta Road and will cost Rs. 17.57 crore.