BENGALURU: Commuters along Varthur Kodi via Sarjapura Road and surrounding areas may have to wait for at least a month for an easy commute, as the ongoing construction of bridges at Varthur has been delayed by a month.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), that was to complete the two bridges on Varthur Kodi by this month, is waiting for bearings that have to come from Kolkata. The BBMP is currently constructing two bridges, spanning 87 metres each, at a cost of Rs 30 crore, on which work started last year.
The project was delayed for one-and-a-half years due to land acquisition issues. Property owners along the identified stretch had refused to give up their land in exchange for Transferable Development Rights (TDR). However, BBMP took up the project after convincing the property owners, but had to wait to finalise the alignment, as the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) had identified a stretch for the proposed elevated corridor project. The two bridges are meant for easier two-way commute, leaving enough space for the elevated corridor to cut through the area.
A BBMP official said, “Work would have been completed by now, but the bearings that have to be fixed for the bridge are yet to come from Kolkata. We recently finalised it and believe that one bridge will be completed by March and another by May this year.”
The BBMP, when it started work last year, had faced stiff opposition from property owners along the stretch. Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) had also written to BBMP that work was being taken up without its permission, and construction of the bridges had damaged Varthur Lake.
Now that the snarls have been smoothed out, BBMP is simultaneously widening the road between Varthur and Gunjur. Widening of this 1.4km stretch will lead to better traffic flow after the bridge is constructed. The stretch between Varthur Kodi and Sarjapura via Gunjur will be widened from its present width of 69 feet to 160 feet. The state government has sanctioned Rs 30 crore for the road widening project.