The State government, which has called tenders for the 22.12 km North-South arm — from Baptist Hospital on Ballari Road to Silk Board junction — of the elevated corridor project, is still undecided on how to clear the traffic mess at Hebbal flyover.
The government, in an order on implementing the elevated corridor project issued on March 2, asked the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) to merge the North-South corridor with the additional loop of Hebbal flyover.
However, the loop is under construction, but with little sign of progress. The Bangalore Development Authority, which is in charge of the project, has already missed several deadlines.
Officials are yet to take a decision on how the new loop will be linked with the proposed North-South corridor at Baptist Hospital. A senior official with the BDA said that construction of the additional loop has slowed down due to lack of clarity on how it will be integrated with the proposed elevated corridor.
“The construction of the North-South section of the elevated corridor will serve its purpose only if it ends the traffic snarls at Hebbal. Integrating the elevated corridor is crucial to decongest the area, but how it will be done remains undecided,” said the BDA official.
When it took up the project to build the two-lane loop in 2017, the BDA had set itself a six-month deadline. Last year, the project was halted after the authority expressed its inability to raise funds. The project was recently ‘revived’ following an assurance from the government to fund the project.
Completion of the loop will help traffic coming from Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) to enter the city. At present, traffic coming from the airport side is channelled into just two lanes at the flyover resulting in massive traffic jams during peak commuting hours.
An official of the KRDCL said, “Various issues need to be considered while planning to decongest Hebbal flyover. The elevated corridor from Esteem Mall cannot be built at this stage because of the proposal by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited to build the metro line to KIA via Hebbal. The alignment of the metro line also needs to be considered.”
The government is planning to hold a high-level meeting with heads of all agencies, including the BMRCL, BDA, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and KRDCL. “We will hold a meeting and decide on the plan in the coming days,” the official added.
As per the March 2 order, the North-South corridor will have a 100-metre downward loop after Mehkri Circle towards Cauvery Junction.
Link to flyover?
A decision has also been taken to link the North-South corridor with the proposed flyover to be constructed by the BDA from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal. As per the tender floated by the KRDCL, the Rs. 4,612 crore corridor will take a left turn from Mehkri Circle to Jayamahal Road. It will reach the Silk Board via Cantonment, Queens Road, Kasturba Road, Richmond Circle and Shantinagar.