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BBMP plans to build road on lake

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The Hindu        10.08.2017  

BBMP plans to build road on lake

The civic body has granted Rs. 8 crore for the construction of a 40 ft asphalted road on the tank bund of Doddabommasandra lake in Vidyaranyapura under the Nagarothana grants.  

The proposed road will be in clear violation of an NGT order that sets buffer zone around lakes at 75 m

Can a tank bund be converted into a pucca asphlated road? The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) thinks so. The civic body has granted Rs. 8 crore for the construction of a 40 ft asphalted road on the tank bund of Doddabommasandra lake in Vidyaranyapura under the Nagarothana grants.

The road, if built, will be in clear violation of the National Green Tribunal order of May 2016, that has set the buffer zone around lakes at 75 m. The road is on the tank bund and is part of the lake, not even its buffer zone, activists have pointed out. The Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) has also taken objection to the road and written to the BBMP, said Seema Garg, CEO, KLCDA. B.V. Sathish, Chief Engineer, Lakes, BBMP, also said that the lakes division was not consulted over the road.

This comes months after the local residents led a vociferous campaign against wetlands adjoining the lake being dumped with silt dug up during rejuvenation in October 2016. It was later revealed that plans were afoot to build a park and an open-air gym, a deviation from the Detailed Project Report (DPR). The plans were later dropped following public outcry.

V. Ramprasad, a local resident and a lake conservation activist, said there were unconfirmed reports of wetlands being filled to build a road to access private lands at the other end of the lake, where an apartment was reportedly coming up.

“Then they claimed plans were to develop a park. But now the agenda is clear. They have got a 40 ft wide road sanctioned in clear violation of the tank bed area. The road seems to be under way only to give access to private lands, which we fear will lead to further encroachment of the lake area,” he said.

Madhuri Subbarao, a resident who led the 2016 campaign, said there were repeated attempts to build the road and it was a clear violation of the DPR for the rejuvenation of the lake.

“We have repeatedly complained to BBMP and KLCDA to no effect,” she said. Local civic officials said the tank bund was used as a traditional walkway to connect Doddabommasandra and Kodigehalli for many decades now and the road was being planned following public demand from the residents of Kodigehalli. The road, if laid, will reduce the distance by over 2 km, the officials said. However, the traditional walkway is less than 15 ft wide which is now being widened by dumping debris to over 40 ft, residents complain.

BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad said he would examine the road project again.

“The road appears to be in clear violation of NGT order on buffer zones. I hope BBMP abides by KLCDA directions. If it fails to do so, we will be forced to bring it to NGT’s notice

Sridhar Pabbisetty,

CEO, Namma Bengaluru Foundation, also petitioner on buffer zones before NGT


GHMC to take up repairs in a day

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The Hindu         21.07.2017   

GHMC to take up repairs in a day

This stretch near Nampally Railway Station has commuters fuming.K.V.S. GIRI  

Only reputed firms to be called for pre-bid meeting

With the roads pockmarked with potholes and bitumen layer washed away due to the recent rains all over the twin cities, the government has decided to permit GHMC to take up extensive road repairs within a day of publication of tender notices “for extreme emergency works.”

The decision was taken following the request of GHMC Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy to the government to reduce the time line for taking up works considering that even a single delay in taking up emergency repairs to the roads or demolishing dilapidated structures would result in much more damage and much inconvenience to citizens.

As per the prevailing norms, the municipal corporation will have to wait for 14 days and another seven days of calling for tenders for issuing work orders and this was preventing the civic body from taking up emergency civic works, especially during the monsoon, he explained.

KTR reviews situation

Earlier in the day, Minister for Municipal Administration K.T. Rama Rao held a meeting the heads of various civic departments, including the HMDA, Hyderabad Road Development Corporation etc., and directed the engineering wings concerned to focus on road works for the next three months.

They were told to convert all the metal roads into cement roads to ensure the thoroughfares are more durable, withstanding the weather vagaries.

The cost for taking up such works should be studied and submitted to the government.

More consultants should be drafted for preparing the detailed project reports for the roads development and only reputed firms are to be called for the proposed pre-bid meeting to be held later this week.

Tenders should also be finalised as soon as possible, a press release said.

360 complaints

Meanwhile, the GHMC has claimed that it had received 360 rain related complaints of which 230 were resolved.

These include those relate to overflow of drains, water logging on roads, tree felling, power supply cut, manholes cover missing etc. About 51 of them were related to water board too.

Complaints were received from Dial 100, GHMC Call Centre 040-2111111, online and mobile applications.


GHMC lays plastic road in Sainikpuri

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The Hindu       02.06.2017  

GHMC lays plastic road in Sainikpuri

Another stretch in the city is getting new roads with disposable plastic material in it. In the first, second and third Crescent Road in Sainikpuri, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has taken up the construction of plastic road over a length of 3 kilometres.

The new road will come up at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh, according to Executive Engineer Dattupanth.

The life of the experimental road is expected to be seven years.

The disposable plastic will constitute 8% while the rest will be bitumen, he said. A total of 2% will be saved on the project because of the usage of plastic.

The life of the road is expected to be seven years.

B. Janardhan Reddy

Municipal Commissioner


In road-laying mode, civic body pushes safety out on the wayside

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The Times of India     18.03.2016 

In road-laying mode, civic body pushes safety out on the wayside

Chenni: Laying a smooth road, the city corporation seems to think, is enough. Most of the interior roads it has laid, or is in the process of laying, ahead of the election do not have the speed-breakers to sensure that they are safe.

The new roads, say experts, encourage motorists, particularly two-wheeler riders, to zip across at high speeds, putting other road-users at risk.

Arun Ramasamy should know. The 41-year-old was recently proceeding serenly on a glass-smooth road to Madipakkam, to visit a friend, when a biker smashed into his two-wheeler at an intersection.

"There was a blind turn ahead and the biker, without slowing down, rode straight into me," said Ramasamy, now confined home with a ligament tear and fractures on the right leg.

Earlier, many interior roads, including in Ram Nagar where Ramasamy was hit, had stony sirfaces that ensured vehicles did not move fast. "Now every intersection is a possible accident- zone," Ramasamy said.

Urban planners say simply black-topping roads is not enough. Corporation engineers need to be educated on the nuances of road engineering. Interior roads require several 'traffic calming' measures. "Some speed-breakers need to be introduced to slow down traffic," said former professor of urban engineering at Anna University K P Subramanian.

"Roads should have wider footpaths that, with speed-breakers, will ensure that motorists do not speed or are discouraged from doing so," Subramanian said.

"Corporation engineers need to move away from the school of thought that a road belongs only to motorists. Roads should be shared among pedestrians and cyclists as well," he added.


BBMP to outsource work on documenting road history

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The Hindu          26.12.2014 

BBMP to outsource work on documenting road history

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is now set to outsource the job of updating data about road history.

For three years now, BBMP has been trying to prepare ‘road history’ a document that will bring in accountability and transparency. However, it is yet to make any real headway in completing the job, which is based on geographical information system (GIS).

BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana conceded that there is a delay in completing road history, which could become a mother document, based on which all works could be sanctioned. Though roads have been mapped, the details such as when a particular road was last asphalted, number of electricity poles, telephone lines, OFCs, manholes etc are yet to be updated.

“This job will be outsourced,” said Mr. Lakshminarayana.

He said that earlier, BBMP’s engineers had to physically verify and then update road history, which was time-consuming. “Now, there will be a format based on which road history will have to be updated,” he said and added that the civic body had already linked payment of bills to road history. “Henceforth, all work-related bills will be generated online and will be cleared only after the details about the road are updated. This will eliminate duplication of work and double billing.”

Kadu Malleswara councillor Manjunath Raju said road history is 95 per cent complete for the seven wards in Malleswaram Assembly constituency. “We have taken it further and mapped manholes of BWSSB as well.”

He said the GIS-based system could be used by other civic agencies, including Bescom, to map their utilities. “This will prevent misuse of public funds,” he added.

‘Henceforth, all work-related bills will be generated online and will be cleared only after the details about the road are updated’

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