Elevated Corridor Bengaluru – some believe hat a 6 lane elevated corridor criss-crossing namma Bengaluru is a sure shot solution to traffic congestion.
Deputy Chief Minister G.Parameshwara is planning to suspend the registration of new vehicles in Bengaluru. This is due to the poor air quality in the city. But correspondingly the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority has taken the initiative for environmental clearance for the elevated corridor Bengaluru project.
Project Elevated corridor, Bengaluru:
The elevated corridor Bengaluru project will add more vehicles and pollution to the city. According to Chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, the proposed elevated corridor is an important part of his ‘long term vision’ for Bengaluru. Already Rs.1000 is earmarked for this project in the current financial year.
The Detailed Feasibility Report (DFR) has budgeted Rs.19265 crore for the elevated corridor Bengaluru project. This cost excludes the cost of acquiring around 141 acres of prime real estate and 1130 buildings. Among the buildings majority are of commercial structures.
Environmental impact of the elevated corridor Bengaluru:
- Residential and commercial structures to be razed – 1130 structures
- Alignment runs close to 60 sensitive localities like schools and hospitals, hostels and libraries.
- 8 water bodies will be affected including Halasuru lake
- 2 archaeological structures – Tipu Sultan’s summer palace and old Dungeon fort and gates will be affected.
- 5.88 lakh cubic metres of earth to be excavated.
- 1.47 lakh cubic metres of earth to be disposed off in landfills and quarries.
Citizens opposition to elevated corridor :
A campaign was organized in the city by Bengaluru Bus Prayaanikara Vedike. This movement saw participation of commuters and a number of groups.
Citizens questioned the logic and reason behind the plan to increase the bus fares giving reason as fund crunch but is ready to spend Rs.33,000 crore to build the elevated corridor Bengaluru.
A member of the vedike came out and said that the government is investing an obscene amount of money to build elevated corridor in the city. If a portion of that money is utilized to make bus system better, the whole of public transport system across the State can be made world-class.
Organisations participated against elevated corridor Bengaluru :
A lot of organizations participated in rising their voice against elevated corridor Bengaluru. The organisations are Garment & Textile Worker’s Union, Bengaluru Zilla Beedhi Vyapari Sanghatanegala okkuta, Slum Janara Sanghatane, BBMP Guttige Pourakarmikara Sangha & Domestic Worker’s Rights Union along with Citizens for Benglauru.
Feasibility report – Elevated corridor project :
The feasibility report is been finalized for the proposed Elevated Corridor Project. The project covers a distance of 102 km with six corridors — three main and three connecting ones.
These details were finalized at a meeting held at Vidhana Soudha on 12th March in the presence of all the civic stakeholders. The report will be presented to the Chief Minister on 14th March for the final seal of approval.
The proposed elevated corridors along with the long-planned Peripheral Ring Road are proposed as answer to de-congest the city’s traffic choked roads.
The project is expected to be completed by 2025-2026. The Public Works Department (PWD) will implement it through the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL).
Each of the corridors will have four lanes with two shoulders. The additional space provided for two-wheelers is to pass through, which can also be used as space for parking in case of breakdowns. The project was mooted a year ago.
Approval by Chief Minister – Elevated Corridor :
If the Chief Minister Kumaraswamy approves the feasibility report, the tenders can be called for next month. Work will begin in 2019 and suggested a deadline of five to six years.
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd has also suggested having its future Metro lines at the second level while the road will be at the first level at two points.
Jayamahal Canopy – Elevated Corridor :
Around 356 trees will be going down between Mekhri Circle and Cantonment underpass. The stretch between Mekhri circle to the Cantonment station is one of Bengaluru’s green canopy. The trees will be either pruned, felled or translocated.
The majority of the trees are fully grown with wide canopy. The BBMP has declared that the trees will be translocated to the Bengaluru Palace Grounds or the footpath of the same road.
The trees in the median will have to be axed to accommodate the pier of the elevated corridor.
Transplanting trees – Elevated corridors :
According to the reports, the transplant of trees to a safer place will take place. But transplanting depends on the health, form and the structure of the tree. The focal point will be on the quality of the root system of the tree along with the species and conservation status of the tree.
Transplanting cost plays a critical factor. It should be cost effective.
The loss of tress will be compensated by growing vertical garden on the piers to increase the beauty and to fight vehicular pollution. Ornamental plants will be planted in medians.
Outrage against axing trees :
Around 120 trees will be axed in Cubbon Park. This has set-off a public uproar on social media. Several critics are questioning the proposed destruction of greenery in Bengaluru.
Some of the critics have called for a protest on March 16 against the Elevated Corridor project.