Friday, January 18, 2008

Work on ‘ready-to-fit’ underpass begins The Hindu : Front Page :

<cite>The Hindu : Front Page : Work on ‘ready-to-fit’ underpass begins</cite>: "
Amidst apprehensions and scepticism about the success of pre-cast underpasses, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) started work on the actual fixing of the first of its seven 'ready-to-fit' underpasses at Cauvery junction on Wednesday.Backed by heavy-duty equipment, BBMP staff began excavating earth on Sankey Road in front of Sadashivnagar 18th Cross Road even as sceptics stopped to wonder how a government agency could build an underpass in 72 hours. 'I have my own doubts about the completion of this facility in 72 hours as claimed by BBMP officials. We have seen the functioning of BBMP in the past and we know how different it is from a private agency,' said Bala Chander, a freelance consultant who uses the Sankey Road.
To check if any utility lines passed underneath the road where work is on, the civic body has got Ground Penetration Radar (GPR) for testing and soil investigation. “We have bored holes at various places to check if there is a rock beneath and started work only after that,” Mr. Reddy said.

After digging five metres below the ground level, a minor seepage from an abandoned waterline was detected at the worksite. “But that will not affect work. We have covered the seepage with filter media and have diverted it,” said Ravi Prakash, Assistant Executive Engineer (Malleswaram).

A huge drinking water pipeline leading to Palace Guttahalli and Vyalikaval areas passing through the work spot has been rerouted in such a way that supply is not affected. “We supplied water till 10 a.m. as usual on Wednesday and then disconnected the pipeline. Supply will resume as usual on Thursday as we anyway supply water only on alternate days,” said BWSSB Chief Engineer (Maintenance) T. Venkataraju.

However, a press release from the BWSSB said water supply will be affected on Friday in parts of Malleswaram, Yeswanthpur, R.T. Nagar and Sanjayanagar.

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