Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) today welcomed the State Government’s announcement that it will relook the construction of the multi-crore 6.9-KMs Steel Bridge stretch across Chalukya Circle to Hebbal Flyover. The project will be executed by Private players along with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) overseeing the entire project.
Mr. Kishore Alva, President BCIC while welcoming the mega infrastructure project announced by the State Government said: “A study indicates that the average traffic flow in Bangalore is 18 KM/h. This is abysmally low for a global city which is branded as one of the fastest growing metropolis in the world. The new Steel Bridge flyover will significantly clear all bottlenecks holding up the traffic and also allow smooth flow of vehicles to and fro the route.”
Mr. Kishore Alva further added: “We should commend the Government for the new infrastructure being built which will basically reduce signal time and delay, increase travel speed, cater for unhindered movement of traffic from NH-7, airport-bound traffic and factor for increase in traffic in the near future ".
Mr. Kishore Alva also said the costs involved in putting up a steel bridge is justified considering the overall maintenance and repair costs compared to the Concrete flyover. He said: “The steel bridge is better than concrete one in terms of life cycle. It can last upto 75 years with a little bit of regular maintenance, while the concrete structure lasts just over 25 years, despite of regular maintenance and repair. If one factors overall costs over the long-term perspective the construction of Steel bridge in fact works out cheaper. In addition, the steel bridge can be made operational faster as compared to building a conventional bridge.”
The Chamber feels that the Government should accord green signal to the mega project on priority basis without any more delay.