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Another steel flyover plan for JC Road nixed

BENGALURU: Another steel flyover plan simply bit the mud. Almost a 12 months after the government, buckling to stiff resistance from citizens, scrapped a proposal to build a steel flyover alongside Ballari Road, the BBMP has decided to drop a plan for the same structure from Minerva Circle to Hudson Circle alongside JC Road.

The JC Road venture was conceived twenty years in the past. It has been scrapped since the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd is arising with a flyover loop in the area as part of its elevated corridor venture.

TOI reported (‘Steel bridge price spikes; cupboard nod awaited’) final November that the venture drew flak after the a success bidder quoted ₹179.2 crore, up ₹44.2 crore from the estimated price of ₹135 crore.

The empowered committee headed via additional chief secretary Mahendra Jain later directed the civic company to head for retendering because the quoted price was too high. A direction to this effect was issued on January 3 to the BBMP commissioner.

“The flyover proposal despatched via the commissioner was examined. The BBMP sought popularity of the executive and tendering procedure, but it surely has been directed to retender the process,” said a notice from the city building department.

The BBMP commissioner has now decided to direct the finances allocated for the flyover to building work close to rubbish landfills. “The civic company is dealing with an acute [landfill] drawback. The Bellahalli quarry pit area is almost complete and if the civic company doesn’t in finding an alternative website soon, the town might face an enormous rubbish disaster. So the commissioner proposed that the finances earmarked for the JC Nagar steel bridge be used for this function in Jakkur, Thanisandra and Byatarayanapura,” a supply said.

On March 1, BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad despatched a proposal to the city building department in quest of approval to divert ₹135 crore for developmental work. Prasad said the garbage scenario was worsening and a two-day protest via Bellahalli villagers in January brought the town’s cast waste management device as regards to collapse. Prasad said he and the mayor met the villagers and confident them that measures could be taken to handle their grievances.

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