Tenders invited – KRDCL invites tenders – Elevated corridor

Tenders are invited by KRDCL for the controversial elevated project without Cabinet approval.  State Government is being accused of disregarding the opinion of public.

Protests on – Tenders are invited :

There is a great amount of protest for the elevated corridor project.  A lot of citizen activists have red-flagged the Rs.2600 crore elevated corridor project.

The State Government has repeated its commitment to the plan.  The KRDCL has invited tenders for  a key section of the 22 km North-South corridor. 

This connects Hebbal flyover and Central Silk board junction thru Mekhri circle, JC Nagar, Shanthinagar and Bannerghatta road junction.

KRDCL Tenders invitation :

KRDCL has divided the project into 3 packages on 2, 3, 4 and 6 lanes.  The package will be Shanthinagar to Central Silk Board, JC Nagar to Shanthinagar, Baptist Hospital to JC Nagar.

Elevated corridor project – Tenders :

The total length of the project is 96 km.  the tenders have been invited for 22.22 km. for 3 packages.  This consists of 6.15 km. 8.75 km and 7.22 kms.  The bid is for 3 years project and the contractor must maintain infrastructure for 10 years.

The tender will be opened on May 6.  The other bids will be called in the coming months.  The project axes or trans-locates 3700 trees. 

North South stretch on 22.1 km. to cost Rs.5060 crores – Tenders

The corridor project has given environmental clearance.  Hours after getting the clearance the KRDCL invited tenders for the first phase.

The 22.12 km North – South corridor is between Baptist Hospital on Bellari road and silk board junction.  The estimated cost of the project is Rs.5060.71 crore.

The total project comprises 102 km. seven corridors.  It will be built at an estimated cost of over Rs.25000 crore.

Calling of Tenders – public ire :

In a recent cabinet meeting, the cabinet authorized the Chief Minister to take the final call on the project.  The project got approved by Kumarawamy.  The public works department will be executing the project.

The public is of the view that the government is in a sense of urgency before the model code of conduct comes into force before the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Activists have criticized the Coalition government’s decision to go ahead with the elevated corridor project without public consultation.

Electronic city flyover (E-city flyover)

Electronic city flyover will be shut down from January 14th 2019.  The 9.5 km long elevated expressway runs from  silk-board junction to Electronic city.

Electronic City Flyover

The E-city flyover starts from Bommanahalli after the Central Silk Board flyover and goes on up to Electronic City.  It goes above the BMIC flyover on Hosur Road, at a height of 17 meters (56 ft), thus making it Bengaluru’s tallest flyover

Elevated express way or Electronic city flyover

Hosur Road Elevated Expressway also known as Bangalore Elevated Toll-way or Electronic City Flyover is a 9.985 kilometers (6.204 mi) long elevated highway.   This runs from Madiwala to Electronic City.  

The project is a part of the BETL (Bangalore Elevated Tollways Ltd), project as part of the National highway Development Project and the Elevated Highways Project. It was initiated in early 2006, and was inaugurated on 22 January 2010.

Electronic city flyover – vehicles banned

Heavy vehicles including BMTC, KSRTC and TNSTC( Tamil Nadu State Transport) are banned from using electronic city flyover on Hosur road.  This is due to the ongoing Maintenance work. 

Regular commuters includes mostly techies headed to office at Electronic city.  Since maintenance work, the vehicles movement at Electronic city flyover is at a snail’s pace. 

Maintenance work at Electronic city flyover

The maintenance work had started in December last year on one side of the carriage way of electronic city flyover.  This was from silk board junction to electronic city. Heavy traffic restrictions are imposed by BETPL to facilitate maintenance of expansion joints along the flyover. 

The work which started on 17th December 2018 on one stretch of the road is completed.  The work on flyover from silk board junction to electronic city   is ready.  This work is been done in 27 days instead of 35 days as stated by the authorities.

Vehicles being diverted at flyover

Maintenance work on the other stretch of road

The same maintenance work will start on the other side of the road of the high way from January 14.  As per BETPL, about 70,000 to 75,000 vehicles use the electronic city flyover everyday.  The maintenance work will take around a month to get completed.

Vehicles banned using Electronic city flyover

The road regularly sees heavy traffic.  The closure of electronic city flyover is going to cause a great deal of problem to commuters.  Those travelling from Bengaluru to Electronic city to reach office will be most affected.

Electronic city flyover – public opinion

The commuters of electronic city flyover has suggested to take up the repair of the flyover during the weekends, when the traffic movement will be less.