The proposal to demolish the flyover figured in a recent meeting of the high-powered committee monitoring the progress of the metro project
Bangalore: Razing the Jayadeva flyover – the important stretch of road that connects Bengaluru on either side of the Bannerghatta Road – is one of the options Bangalore Metro Rail authorities could be looking at for he second phase of the project.
The proposal to demolish the flyover figured in a recent meeting of he high-powered committee monitoring the progress of the metro project. Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee, who chaired the meeting, directed queries to BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola, who is tightlipped on the subject. “I cannot give any statements now. We are working on different options,” he said.
It all started in December 2012 after Jayadeva Hospital director Dr CN Manjunath resisted plans to cede a portion of the hospital land for the project. Had the hospital agreed to give up portions of its land, project planners would not have considered the flyover option for the proposed RV Road-Bommasandra line. The second alignment option involved taking a right turn before the start of the flyover (from RV Road side) and taking it through private properties, whose owners -mostly residents -are up in arms. The third option, apparently , is to take over the flyover portion and redo the whole thing. “In place of the existing flyover, a three-tier elevated road will come up, of which two are meant for vehicles and the other one will be for the metro. This is what I have been told,” Dr Manjunath said.
Jayanagar MLA BN Vijaykumar called it “a foolish idea that would lead to more trouble. The flyover ensures there is smooth traffic flow from Jayanagar to the Silk Board junction. They have not informed me about this.”
City in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy said no official decision has been taken on demolishing the flyover. “This plan is at least a year old.The flyover is actually helping traffic. I have asked them to take the metro underground,” he said.