Project aims at facilitating connectivity to new railway terminal at Byapannahalli
BBMP’s plan includes ROB at Byappanahalli, rotary flyover at IOC junction, and road linking Banaswadi Main Road and Old Madras Road to facilitate connectivity to the new Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal
As the saying goes, a new broom sweeps clean, and new Karnataka Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar was a good example of that enthusiastic spirit when he spent more than two hours in the field on Tuesday studying the plan adopted by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to decongest the Byappanahalli junction.
The civic agency’s plan comprises construction of an ROB at Byappanahalli, construction of a rotary flyover at the IOC junction and construction of a road integrating Banaswadi Main Road and Old Madras Road so as to facilitate connectivity to the new Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal at Byappanahalli Railway Station.
Under the plan to construct a rotary integrating Banaswadi Main Road, Kammanahalli Main Road and Old Madras Road with the new 3rd railway terminal at Byappanahalli, two lanes will be added to the ongoing ROB work at Byappanahalli village, and improvement and widening of the 2.5 km road from Banaswadi Main Road to Old Madras Road will be undertaken.
The Chief Secretary was accompanied on his recce by BBMP chief N Manjunatha Prasad, who briefed the top state bureaucrat about the project. The second senior most IAS officer in the state government, Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Vandita Sharma, Metro MD Ajay Seth and BBMP Administrator Gaurav Gupta were part of the inspection group.
Prasad pointed out that over the years there had been a huge growth in the Eastern part of Bengaluru, as a result of which the state government had requested the Railway Department to convert the goods terminal at Byappanahalli into a passenger terminal. Work on the passenger terminal is nearing completion and the expected footfall would be over 1 lakh passengers per day. On their part, the Railways have requested the state government/BBMP to develop the connecting road from Banaswadi Main Road to Old Madras Road leading to the new Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal.
Minimal land acquisition
BBMP envisages an ‘Iconic Rotary Concept’ for construction of the ROB at the IOC junction, which will entail minimal acquisition of private properties and an additional 2 lanes to the ROB without any additional land acquisition from the Defence authorities.
Project’s technical features:
• Inner diameter of the Rotary: 75.3 metres
• Outer diameter of the Rotary: 97.8 m
• Lane width of the Rotary: 11.5 m
• Width of each arm: 16.6 m (2-lane double road)
• Width of the existing service road: Untouched
Technical features of the additional 2 lanes to the 2-lane ROB:
• Width of the existing ongoing 2-Lane ROB: 11.5 metres
• Width of the right hand side 2-lane additional width to cater to eccentric widths: 11.5 m
• Width of the left hand side 2-Lane additional width to cater to eccentric widths: 11.5 m
• Total width of ROB: 34.5 m
• Width of the down ramp: 8.5 m
• Total length of the road : 2.50 km
• Redesigning of ‘At Grade Road’: 2-lane double road with 3-metre footpath to accommodate passengers