BENGALURU: After hanging fire on several projects in the wake of difficulties in acquiring defence land, the BBMP has decided to wait till it gets possession of a strip of Air Force land before taking up work on building a flyover at Gangamma Circle on Subroto Mukherjee Road. However, the civic body will take up a grade separator project at Jalahalli Cross, the other end of the Mukherjee Road. “A four-acre land has to be acquired from HMT factory for the flyover at Gangamma Circle. This apart, land will be required from Air Force and from a private apartment,” confirmed BBMP’s major road infrastructure wing chief engineer S Somashekhar. He told TOI the BBMP did not want its projects to hang fire for years. “This time we want to complete the required land acquisition process before executing the work. The state government has already written to the defence ministry, raising demand for the land,” he said. According to Somashekar, defence officials are yet to constitute a board where they can co-ordinate with civic officials on various infrastructure projects. “Once the board is formed, both sides can sort out issues to speed up the projects,” he added. It took nearly three years for the civic agency to plan and complete the tendering procedure for the much-awaited flyover at Gangamma Circle, but commuters might end up waiting for a few more more years for the completion of the project. The civic body has identified the bidder and the work order will be issued to PGB Engineering Pvt Ltd shortly, said an engineer attached to the project. Underpass at Jalahalli circle Meanwhile, the BBMP has decided to go ahead with the construction of the grade separator at Jalahalli Cross on Tumakuru Road to link Ayappa Swami Temple stretch of Mukherjee Road with Peenya Industrial Estate. The Rs 100-crore project would be initiated shortly, said Somashekar, adding: “An underpass will be built across the road and beneath the national highway flyover. Once this is completed, it will ease traffic congestion on Jalahalli Cross.” Another engineer said: “The peak hour traffic at Jalahalli Cross is high, making it impossible for pedestrians and motorists to commute on the stretch. A skywalk is also planned at the junction to help people cross the road to reach the Metro station.” No traffic diversions Meanwhile, RR Nagar MLA N Muniratna said the work for grade separator at Jalahalli Cross would be taken up shortly. He added that there would not be any traffic diversions as the work to be executed is mostly tunnel burrowing.
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