The transport minister has come out with a mega proposal for Bangalore.
Some highlights -
"With a massive financial outlay of Rs 22,000 crore, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) plans to drastically change the face of the City’s roads, drains and lakes in three years."
"To make 12 key corridors signal-free, the plan is to equip over 100 junctions with grade separators. The total road length covered under this project will be 122 km, a network connecting the Central Business District (CBD) with Outer Ring Road and Radial Roads."
"Another important proposal is the construction of three elevated corridors, in the City’s north, south and east to decongest traffic. The south corridor will run from Vellara junction to Silk Board, the north corridor from Minsk Square to Hebbal flyover and the east corridor from Vellara junction to Kundanahalli junction."
Some questions and I think we should try and meet Ashwin Mahesh as soon as possible
a. Are they planning to demolish the current magic boxes between Hebbal and High Grounds to construct the elevated corridor?
b. The south elevated corridor and the east elevated corridor both end at Vellara junction. How are the roads leading out of this junction - Richmond Road towards Richmond Circle and Brigade Road/Museum Road going to handle this flood of vehicles?
c. Do roads also include sidewalks as part of them?
d. Does this interfere with Phase 2 of the Metro which supposedly will connect Yelahanka with E-City. Where will the viaducts for the Metro come up?
e. Given BBMP's track record of finishing grade separators, what is the execution plan that will enable this to be finished in 3 years. For the record - the 15th Cross underpass that was to have been completed in March 2009 is still not finished and this is on the ORR.