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Hosur Road flyover nearing completion

BANGALORE Oct. 10. The woes of vehicle-users passing through Central Silk Board-Hosur Road junction in Madivala will be over by the month-end with the commissioning of a flyover.

Jayakar Jerome, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Commissioner, says the Rs.17-crore flyover will be ready for commissioning by October 30.

On Thursday, a completed section of the six-lane flyover was painted. Some of the pillars of the flyover are awaiting a second coat of paint. Most parts of the 485-metre flyover and the side roads have been asphalted. The BDA is providing special asphalt for the gradient (down ramp) to ensure that vehicles do not skid.

Mr. Jerome, who inspected the flyover on Thursday, said he was keen on early completion of the work without compromising on quality.

The flyover has 10 spans (a span is the space between two pillars) and an obligatory span (the space under the flyover where vehicles are allowed to move). Each span is 10 metres wide, while the width of the obligatory span is 35 metres.

The BDA has also taken up construction of a bridge across the drain in front of the Wipro office to provide a free left turn for vehicles coming from BTM Layout and turning towards Madivala. There will be four free left turns (at all the corners) and two right turns at the Central Silk Board junction.

But a bridge renovated by the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) across a huge drain at the junction of Hosur Road and Ring Road leading to BTM Layout is causing concern for the BDA.

Contrary to expectations, the renovated bridge has only half the area of the earlier structure for flow of water. The BMP has shown no interest in rectifying this, despite reminders. Unless this is done, there will be a major traffic breakdown during rain, Mr. Jerome points out.

The BMP, it is said, spent Rs.48 lakh on this work. Besides, the labourers are being forced to stand in the slush and dirty water for the work on the bridge across the drain in front of the Wipro office. The BDA uses a 50-HP pump to bring down the water level to carry out its work.

The flyover, which may get special illumination, is being built by East Coast Construction Ltd.