Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has set aside Rs 40 crore towards the maintenance of about 20 flyovers that were not neglected for years. The decision to allocate funds was taken up, following the partially collapse of Sumanahalli flyover in November this year.
The civic body has allocated anywhere between Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 3 crore towards taking up repair work of each grade separator. A separate allocation of Rs 1 crore has also been done towards maintaining each pedestrian subway. In total, the BBMP has prepared an action plan worth Rs 50 crore to ensure all the flyovers are repaired.
Active citizens and experts, who track BBMP closely, say the flyovers are usually maintained by the contractors for three to five years after its construction is over. Thereon: while the BBMP asphalts the surface of the flyovers once in a while, the government agency is, however, never in the habit of studying the structures of the concrete grade separators unless someone makes a serious complaint.
The first alarm bells rang in September last year when there was a complaint that the Sirsi Flyover, one of the City’s oldest flyovers, had developed cracks.
As a precautionary measure, the civic body has taken steps to conduct a safety audit of all flyovers and underpasses in the city. In the absence of in-house expertise to conduct the safety audit, it has set aside Rs 5 crore to pay the consultants.
|S.No||Flyovers identified for maintenance||Funds Allocated|
|1||ITC Flyover||Rs 2 crore|
|2||Bellandur Flyover||Rs 2 crore|
|3||RMV Extension Flyover||Rs 2 crore|
|4||Grade Separator at Cauvery Jn, Mehkri Circle, Sankey Road, Veterinary Hospital, BDA Jn, CBI Jn||Rs 2 crore|
|5||Dairy Circle flyover||Rs 1.5 crore|
|6||Sirsi Circle flyover, grade separator at KR Circle, Maharani College and Chandra Layout||Rs 1.75 crore|
|7||Lingarajapuram Flyover||Rs 1.70 crore|
|8||Richmond Flyover||Rs 1.65 crore|
|9||Nayanandahalli flyover||Rs 2.7 crore|
|10||Central Silk Board flyover||Rs 3 crore|
|11||Yeshwanthur and Mathikere flyover||Rs 3 crore|
|12||HSR Layout flyover||Rs 2.5 crore|
|13||Ananda Rao Circle flyover||Rs 3 crore|
|14||Grade separators at Dairy Circle, Jayadeva Hospital, Madiwala Jn, Kadubisanahalli etc||Rs 1.65 crore|