The news about GOK's brazen attempt to go ahead with the 6.7 KM STEEL FLYOVER project connecting Rajbhavan to Hebbal is hogging all the news headlines in past few weeks.. Barring few, everyone from citizens to architects, Urban Planners to Activists are up in arms against this project. But nothing seems to deter the state government from going ahead with the project.
Taking a dispassionate view of the project might need some answers which the GOK has not been able to provide,
1. What is the problem that GOK is trying to solve by constructing a FLYOVER?
2. Where is the Public Consultation process undertaken by the implementing agency BDA?
3. Is there a feasibility study done prior to decision to take up this project? Is it available for public?
4. Is there a DPR done for this project? If yes why isn't available for public scrutiny?
5. Has the state government or BDA done a traffic analysis to account for the future growth?
6. Can the state government fund this project 100% without having to rely on center?
7. Does the feasibility study covers the detailed analysis of alternatives that could mitigate the traffic congestion problem that state govt is trying to solve?
If the sole purpose of this project is to decongest the traffic to KIAL airport on Bellary Road, surely state government / BDA has not done its homework well. Well state government should take the blame for not taking up any infrastructure development projects to provide alternate routes in the city to reach KIAL. It has been 8 years since the KIAL airport began its operations, Bellary Road has remained the only access point to KIAL.The bDA/ State government has not taken up the alternate routes like,
1. Via Nagwara Road
2. Via Hennur
3. and starting suburban train services with a Halt at the Trumpet.
Going by the facts available in public domain, there is no justification for this project. As the Union Minister Shri. Gadkari said, flyovers do not solve traffic problems. They do not help reduce congestion, but increase congestion. Ging by the BDA record for unprofessional, flawed designs, even this project has the same future. The ultimate sufferers would be we the ordinary citizens.
Certainly this project is not in public or Bengaluru's interest? Then for whose interest this project is being taken up against the public opinion?