Ride to Bengaluru airport may take longer


A drive to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) from the central business district is set to take excruciatingly longer.

Two things are contributing to this: One, the much-looked-forward-to six-lane steel flyover project from Hotel Le Meridien, opposite the Golf Course, to the Hebbal flyover complex, has been indefinitely delayed; and two, with that project delayed an increasing volume of traffic will have to continue passing through two most unscientific points — the BDA flyover and the Cauvery Junction ‘magic box’ — both of which would have been bypassed by the steel flyover, reports Bangalore Mirror.

A senior BDA official told Bangalore Mirror that the 1,310 crore steel flyover project — possibly to be the longest steel flyover in India — has been delayed because of a degree of uncertainty among the investors, forcing the bidding date to be extended. “We have extended the bidding date as some of the investors reportedly told us they require more time to deliberate on investing in such a huge project in the current volatile global situation, and especially with fluctuation in steel prices.”

The official said the project entails parts of the steel flyover to be assembled off-site in segments and then brought to the site to be erected. The various flyover segments will be linked on-site. The surface of roads atop the steel-fabricated flyover will be paved with asphalt as is done with conventional cement-concrete flyovers.


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