BENGALURU: Soil testing and geo-technical analysis are quietly under way along Jayamahal Road and other localities for an elevated corridor project by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd (KRDCL).
Urban experts see this project as the state government’s plan B, in case the steel flyover project is stalled permanently by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) or the High Court.
The NGT has halted the steel flyover project from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal for the time being.
The elevated corridor project, conceived five years ago, aims to connect north to south and east to west. The project was one of the main agendas at the Global Investment Meet held earlier this year.
Experts fear that if public transport like Metro and buses are not given the right push, Bengaluru will soon turn into Delhi with a cloud of heavy smog over the city.
Ashish Verma, mobility expert from Transportation Research Group of India (TRG) says, “We have seen what has transpired in Delhi. With such infrastructure projects, we are encouraging usage of private vehicles. Be it the steel flyover or the elevated corridor, they will not solve the problem of traffic. Are they sustainable? The only answer to this
city’s mobility is Metro and improving the public transport system.”