K Siddaramaiah-led Congress government in Karnataka is planning a Rs 600 crore per kilometre tunnel in state’s capital Bengaluru to solve the city’s perennial traffic problems, CNN-News 18 reported on Monday. The report said that Karnataka Development Minister K J George has confirmed contacting a Bulgarian firm on feasibility of the project. The move comes after the government had scrapped a controversial Rs 1,800-crore steel flyover project after a huge backlash from the public. The proposed project consists of four tunnels that would run from Jalahalli to Goraguntepalya (1.4 km), SRS Road and Pipeline Road, Hebbal to Chalukya Circle (6 km), Peenya (2.25 km), and Nayandahalli to Majestic (8 km).
Despite opposition assertion that city’s congestion problem needs to be sorted out, it has opposed such projects citing environmental issues. Also, a number of NGOs which had protested against the steel flyover, may lodge their protests again. Last year, a human chain of more than 3,000 people had protested against a proposed steel flyover project along the road to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). An earlier report had said that a Rs 3,600 crore line has been included in the second phase of the metro rail project and is scheduled to be completed in two years. The new line will be referred to as Outer Ring Road Metro (ORR Metro). It is proposed to have a total of 13 stations and will link vantage points such as HSR Layout, Bellandur, Kadubeesanahalli, Marathalli, Doddanekundi and Mahadevapura.
Bengaluru residents have time and again demanded a permanent solution, such suburban trains, or any other inter-city commutation. However, an effective solution to the issue is yet to be rolled-out.