>The scheduled demolition of the Jayadeva Flyover in Bengaluru for metro expansion work has been put on hold until next week by authorities thus delaying the traffic curbs that were set to be in place from Monday.
As reported earlier, a significant part of south Bengaluru traffic will be affected due to the diversions — now likely to come to effect from Thursday — as authorities will demolish the loop of the flyover that connects Bannerghatta Road and Silk Board junction. As a result of the same, both the service roads on either side of the flyover will be closed, except for local residents.
This is part of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL)’s phase-wise demolition plan to reconstruct it as one of the first road-and-rail flyovers. The new flyover, which will cost over Rs 130 crore, will be ready by February 2020 and will accommodate the RV Road-Bommasandra (Reach 5) Line of the metro rail.
“We have to take all precautionary measures and study traffic patterns before the work commences. We will stop vehicles from using the loop from Bannerghatta Road towards Central Silk Board by this week and hand over the work to the contractor,” a source told the Times of India.
With the commencement of the demolition work, vehicles travelling towards Silk Board Junction from Bannerghatta Road side will have to take left from JD Mara crossing and pass through 9th Cross Road, before exiting through East End Road or Marenahalli Main Road. Another alternative route, devised by the traffic police, include right from 6th Cross Junction on the 29th Main Road and left at 6th Main Road to exit at Marenahalli.
Those coming towards Bannerghatta Road from Silk Board will be forced to take a left from 29th Main Road and left again from 7th Cross to exit on Bannerghatta Road.
During this period, however, traffic will be allowed through the underpass as well as the main flyover on the Outer Ring Road connecting Banashankari and Silk Board.
This major road diversion will come when metro works already paralysed a key part of the Central Business District (CBD) resulting in a traffic nightmare. A part of Kamaraj Road, a 200m section connecting Brigade Road (MG Road Cauvery Emporium) to Cubbon Road Junction has been blocked for the next four years.