This is a starter post for analysis of the published DPR and other materials for the flyover from Basaveshwara cicle to Hebbal. The DPR was finally put in the public domain around the 13th of October and an be accessed here or here. Later around October 17, a new integration plan came up showing the flyover now extending beyond the Hebbal flyover and now descending on to Bellary road 300 meter before the elevated expressway to the airport.
To be frank, I find this complicated mess of reports being released one after the other to be slightly mind boggling. Stuff is coming out like lava out of an exploding volcano. When the ealier public consultation was ongoing, there was so much requests going around for DPR and more details, but they were all denied. Now DPR has been released, a new integration plan has been released that is different from the tender documents and there is talk of a work order coming out in about ten days. There is also a mention of tolling the steel bridge using some kind of automatic tolling device. Really makes me wonder if enough thought has been put into all of this.
Since poor traffic planning has been the bane of our city, let us work with whatever data is here and try to analyze it and figure out the good versus the bad.
First things first though. I am against the way this flyover project has been conceived and proposed. We really need comprehensive planning for traffic, transit and transport by highly qualified professionals. THe plan should be made with transaprency and public inout. THe plans should work towards a commonly agreed vision. The transport plan shoudl take into account the city master plan and vice versa. We should stick to the plans announced unless data and a formal course correction exercise indicates otherwise.
Now, placing on record my objection above, which means I am against the flyover just by the way it has been planned and that is good enough for me to scrap the project right now, let me put aside that objection and see what solution has been proposed. On its won, is it a well thought out plan or not? This analysis in no way endorses the process by which the flyover has come about.
What I will look for in the following posts
A. What does the traffic count and analysis data tell us?
B. What problem will the flyover solve as designed?
C. What does the economic analysis tell us? How does the cost compare?
D. What happens under the bridge?
E. How will the structure integrate with the rest of the transport in Bangalore?
F. Does it help Public Transport?
G. Does the project help pedestrians?