Elevated Corridor Bengaluru

Elevated Corridor Bengaluru – some believe hat a 6 lane elevated corridor criss-crossing namma Bengaluru is a sure shot solution to traffic congestion.

Elevated corridor details

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.

Elevated corridor Bengaluru

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.

Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma metro Bengaluru services disrupted

Namma Metro – Honeycomb problem: passengers who commute every day using metro purple line were inconvenienced due to ‘Honeycomb’ near Trinity Metro station.

Namma Metro services between Indiranagar and MG Road were suspended for about three hours on 12th December 2018 morning.  The cause was due to a concrete girder which had come out slightly off the beam near Trinity metro station.

The engineers of BMRCL have temporarily fixed faults in metro structures that developed due to what is technically called ‘honeycomb’ formation near Trinity circle metro station.

Honeycomb formation – Namma Metro

‘Honeycomb’ form in concrete due to imbalances in materials used while constructing.  It may also be due to poor cement to water ratio, improper placement of reinforcement bars in the horizontal and vertical beams of the pillars.

NAmma Metro pillar 155

The cause for ‘honeycomb’ formation may also be due to steel or iron bars not placed properly after concrete is poured or use of substandard materials.

The BMRCL detected a structural flaw in one of the viaducts.  The problem was not only the honeycomb formation.  At pillar No.155 the slider, also known as the concrete slabs which are supported by a pillar had shifted from its original position.

The BMRCL authorities have asked the engineers to concretize the slider.  As a temporary measure, a metal jack has been kept next to the pillar to support the slider.

Delay in the trip of Namma Metro

The BMRCL said that the delay was due to technical difficulties.  The honeycomb was formed under the metro tracks on Pillar no,155.  Speed restrictions were imposed.  The affected area was barricaded.

The repair work will continue for 3 days.

Public Opinion on Namma metro problem

The Bengaluru commuters are of the opinion that it may happen at any metro lane in the city.  The contractor should be sent to jail. The BMRCL officials who supervised the work and cleared the bills should be terminated.

Previously it was problems with roads, traffic, pollution, flooding and now even namma metro has gone the same way.

Read more related to namma metro: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/metro-purple-line-shut-dec-22-23/

 

Gas pipeline damaged near Whitefield today

Gas pipeline damaged near Whitefield today

A leakage in Gail gas pipeline near Decathlon on ITPL Main road, Gardacharplaya in Mahadevapura near Whitefield has panicked locals and commuters.

Metro officials along with fire force, GAIL authorities and police rushed to the spot and blocked 500 metres radius of the area.  Traffic moving towards ITPL Main road to reach Whitefield were advised to use Devasandra main road or use outer ring road (ORR) to proceed towards Marathahalli and reach Whitefield.    Traffic moving towards the city from Whitefield are advised to proceed towards graphite from Hoodi proceed towards Kundalahalli towards city via Marathahalli.

Fire and emergency services personnel were pressed into service to prevent any further danger.  Gail officials, who restored the pipeline, claimed that the leak was caused due to the ongoing Namma Metro Construction work.

According to the Managing Director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)  it was an accidental damage. He said the pipeline was not found in the test trenching but BMRCL was not taking steps to ensure such accidents do not repeat.

In order to prevent any such reoccurrence, BMRCL is obtaining gas network alignment from GAIL in all metro reaches.  BMRCL  will super impose them with metro alignment and ensure removal of any potential conflict before taking up any construction.

This is the second such incident as a similar incident occurred in Mahadevapura on October 22 and a complaint was filed with the Mahadevapura police station.

 

Yeshwanthapur Station to get makeover :

Yeshwanthapur Station to get makeover :

A makeover awaits Yeshwantpur railway station with the South Western Railways (SWR) planning to upgrade its facilities with an investment of about Rs. 15 crore.  Keeping the increased number of passengers and Metro in mind, SWR is planning a better parking facility and ticket counters at the station which sees a daily passenger traffic of over 40,000 to 50,000.

In collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL) and Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), the SWR is creating a multi-level car parking and better accessibility.

The contract for the redevelopment project will be awarded next week and March 2019 has been fixed as a deadline for its completion, including Metro Foot Overbridge.  The project will finally include the foot overbridge connecting the railway station with Yeshwantpur Metro station.

The railways have taken an initiative to provide the bridge as part of the station redevelopment project, which will help about 8,000 people who switch between the Metro and railway station every day. The Metro station sees a ridership between 15,000 and 20,000 (both entry and exit) and about half of them are railway passengers.

Inside the station, a new waiting hall, escalator for platform 6 and widening of the foot overbridge towards Tumakuru side by an additional five meters has been planned. Outside, six vertically large open structures with a front facade will give a new look to the station.  The vacant land belonging to railways will be developed commercially to maximize its potential. South Western Railway’s second busiest station, Yeshwantpur sees an annual footfall of 89 lakh passengers.

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/bengaluru-bangalore-yeshwanthpur/apmc-yard-yeshwanthapur/

 

Gottigere lake to shrink for road widening

Gottigere lake to shrink for road widening

Amid a huge protest against the encroachment of water bodies, the government has decided to shrink a part of the Gottigere lake on Bannerghatta road for the namma metro project.  This lake is said to be 500 years old.  This lake is an upstream lake of Hulimavu lake and Madiwala lake, which is spread on the eastern side of the Bannerghatta road.  It has suffered encroachments repeatedly and also the sewage water inflow has polluted and degraded the lake badly.

In a  meeting held between BBMP and BMRCL, it was decided to widen the Bannerghatta road by 10-15 feet.  The road runs on the boundary of the Gottigere lake. A part of the lake will be lost in the process.  A concrete wall will be constructed on the dried up portion of the lake.

According to an official it was easier to shrink lakes after the abolition of the Karnataka Lake Conservation of Development Authority (KLCDA) as KLDCA Act is also lost.

Locals and expert authorities in this field are not in favor of this idea as the lake was once home to migratory birds and needs to be restored.

The lake has already lost its identity, if shrunk further, nothing much will be left.

Read related to this topic: https://www.bangalorean.com/blog/new-year-makeover-for-iblur-lake/