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Rs 600 Cr Per Kilometre: Govt Plans Tunnel Project to Decongest Bengaluru

After scrapping the controversial Rs 1,800-crore steel flyover project, the Karnataka government now plans to construct underground tunnels to decongest the city, especially on the Airport Road.

Nagarjun Dwarakanath | CNN-News18

Updated:May 1, 2017, 12:19 PM IST

Bengaluru: After scrapping the controversial Rs 1,800-crore steel flyover project, the Karnataka government now plans to construct underground tunnels to decongest Bengaluru, especially on the Airport Road.

Bangalore Development Minister K J George confirmed to News18 that officials contacted a Bulgarian firm and sought a feasibility report. The cost of the project is pegged at a whopping Rs 600 crore per kilometre.

“Unfortunately, Bangalore is not a planned city and traffic has to be decongested. We have asked for a detailed plan report and the expected cost may be Rs 500-600 crore per kilometre,” George said.

The proposed project of four tunnels would be from Hebbal to Chalukya Circle (6 km), Jalahalli to Goraguntepalya (1.4 km), SRS Road and Pipeline Road, Peenya (2.25 km), and Nayandahalli to Majestic (8 km).

Though the Opposition agrees there is a need to decongest the city, it has questioned the tunnel project.

“These are fancy projects involving thousands of crores, it has to be looked at with suspicion. The government had not mentioned this in its BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike ) manifesto, this raises a lot of doubts. I can’t see the light at the beginning of the tunnel, forget the end,” said BJP MLA Suresh Kumar.

Meanwhile, activists who protested against the steel flyover project are already up in arms against the tunnel project.

Naresh Narasimhan of Citizens for Bengaluru feels that building more flyovers and tunnels will only make the city look like an amusement park and doesn’t help in reducing traffic and it isn’t long-term solution.

Time and again, a large section of Bengaluru residents have demanded for sub-urban trains and metro connectivity to the airport that is still being looked at by the government.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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