LEENA MUDBIDRI
Times of India, 29-09-2017  
 
Residents and commuters are looking forward to the 2.4 km flyover that promises to decongest the roads and streamline traffic in the next two years
While road-widening projects have drawn criticism from citizens, the civic authorities have been revisiting old project plans to decongest the roads. The flyover from Koramangala to the Indiranagar-Koramangala Inner Ring Road (estimated at Rs 200 crore), which was first proposed in 2014, is finally taking shape.

The project kickstarts...The four-lane bi-directional 2.4 km long flyover, which was planned twice once as a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme in 2014, and again in the State Budget of 2015 was put on the backburner due to the paucity of funds.With traffic turning out to be a major issue for commuters using the Koramangala 100-feet road upto Domlur, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has launched the project in full swing. Speaking exclusively to Times Property, K T Nagaraj, superintending engineer road infrastructure, BBMP, said, “The design of the flyover is ready and the soil testing along the route has begun. We will begin construction work in a month.“

The flyover corridor will connect Kendriya Sadan in Koramangala 2nd Block to the Ejipura Junction on the Inner Ring Road (IRR), thus soaring over the 100 feet Mahakavi Vemana Road. Covering a total area of 50,000 sq ft, it will be 5.5 metres high and 7.5 metres wide.

A busy stretch: The 100 feet wide Mahakavi Vemana Road stretches from the Madiwala underpass to the Sony World signal, passing through the choked Water Tank junction at Koramangala, in its route. It is the major nerve centre where traffic from Electronics City, BTM Layout, HSR Layout, Domlur and Old Airport Road converge, thus creating a chaotic mess. BMTC buses mostly use this junction to deboard their passengers, leading to bigger traffic jams. With St John's Hospital located next to this busy junction, ambulances often get ensnared in the traffic snarls.Residents too of Indiranagar and Domlur commuting to offices, banks, schools and colleges located in Koramangala, use the IRR, thus leading to the clogging of this stretch.

Easing traffic: On any day, the traffic on Koramangala 100 feet road crawls bumper to bumper, thus taking 45 minutes to an hour to complete two kms. This main road provides vital connectivity for those travelling from Electronics City and Sarjapur Road towards Indiranagar, to reach the airport. Presently, the route passes through seven traffic junctions, with three of them being high traffic density ones at the Koramangala Water Tank, Sony World signal and Ejipura junction. The flyover promises to ease the traffic congestion on this route and cut travel time by at least 30 minutes.The up ramp will start at St John's College, towards the IRR, and an exit ramp near the Krupanidhi College for vehicles moving towards Sarjapur Road. This means, the traffic from Electronics City and BTM using the Sarjapur Road stretch passing St John's Hospital, and usually taking the left turn at the Koramangala Water Tank signal, will now go up the entry ramp and use the flyover. “This will reduce traffic by at least 40 per cent,“ the BBMP official shared.