BENGALURU: WITH the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd completing the dismantling of the steel bridge constructed on the Krishna Rajendra Road, restoration work here is set to begin shortly.
Metro work was taken up below this road in connection with the North-South Underground Corridor that runs through K R Market, Chikpet and Majestic, nearly five years ago.
This corridor will connect Reach 3 (Mantri Square Sampige Road to Peenya) and Reach 4 (K R Market to Rashtriya Vidyalaya Road) of Phase-I of Metro. Metro had diverted traffic by constructing a steel bridge here, near the erstwhile Anand Vihar hotel, a top official said.
Following the dismantling of the bridge, the area was closed for traffic.
BMRCL Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola told Express, “Work related to the steel bridge is complete now. Metro can now begin road laying work.” Stating that the road will be ready for use by October-end, he said, “The concreting of the road will take two months while the curing work will take at least 20 days.”
The Directorate of Urban Land Transport and BMRCL are redesigning K R Road by making it pedestrian-friendly. The road work is expected to cost `5 crore. In the ‘Fort Bengaluru’ plan submitted by the DULT, places of historical importance near K R Road like the Kote Venkataramanaswamy temple, the Bangalore Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace are made accessible to commuters alighting at K R Market Metro station via the designed road. The road runs to a length of 320 metres and a width of 50 metres and will run from the temple to the hospital.
The completion of the road is awaited by businesses here, which took a heavy beating during the construction.