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More woes await Basavanagudi residents

Staff Reporter

K.R. Road, footpath to be widened, properties to be acquired


Project cost has escalated from Rs. 19.51 crore to Rs. 27 crore

Silt to be removed from major storm water drains at a cost of Rs. 50 crore


— File photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Delayed further:BBMP officials said the compound walls of 20 private buildings would be acquired for completing the underpass at Tagore Circle and that the proposal has been approved by the BBMP Council.

Bangalore: It is a never-ending saga for the hard-pressed Basavanagudi residents. They have already put to a lot of inconvenience with the interminable construction of Tagore Circle underpass and now will have to brave road and footpath widening at K.R. Road, Basavanagudi.

The members of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike's (BBMP) Standing Committee for Major Works, who inspected the progress of works at the Tagore Circle underpass on Wednesday, said work on the underpass would be completed by June-end. They added that as per recommendations of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the service road and footpath would be widened and 20 private and six government properties would be acquired through Transferrable Development Rights (TDR) scheme for the same.

Recommended width

As per Indian Road Congress (IRC) regulations, the service road should be at least 5.5 m wide and the footpath, 2.5 m. Here, the service road was only 3.5 m wide and the footpath-cum-drain, just 1.5 m.

Though the TAC had suggested that the road be widened in October 2009, work has begun only now. Senior BBMP officials said the compound walls of 20 private buildings would be acquired and that the proposal has been approved by the BBMP Council.

Confronted by members of the local residents' association who said they were fed up with the delay in the underpass completion, Committee Chairperson H. Ravindra said the contractor would be issued a notice. Besides, the cost had escalated from Rs. 19.51 crore to Rs. 27 crore. The contractor would be issued a notice. The residents plan to meet the BBMP Commissioner to urge him to reconsider the road widening.

Later, the committee members inspected Fourth Cross, Someshwaranagar near Jayanagar 1st Block.

They suggested that an alternative road may be constructed by widening the existing road (connecting Ashoka Pillar and NIMHANS junction) in Someshwaranagar to solve traffic congestion on Hosur Road near NIMHANS. Mr. Ravindra said BBMP will remove silt from major storm water drains and valleys at a cost of Rs. 50 crore to prevent flooding during the monsoon. The underpass at the City Market would be completed in a month.

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