BENGALURU: Movement of heavy vehicles on the Peenya flyover has been restricted for many days now, but it may be allowed after the completion of first phase of work in four months’ time.
The flyover runs a distance of 5 km from Tumakuru Road through Goraguntepalya, Nagasandra and Parle G factory. The flyover has 120 pillars and 10 steel cables were installed between two pillars. Now, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to replace all the steel cables along the entire length of the flyover to avoid any technical issues. Experts from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) had investigated the repair work and advised carrying out further work in two phases.
The tender process for the first phase of repair work has been completed and the work has been awarded to a private firm. Peenya’s flyover has 10 cables in each segment. In the first phase, the bridge will be strengthened by installing two additional cables. A total of 240 new cables will be installed between 120 pillars. The work is likely to be started after April 20 and there is a possibility that it will be completed within four months. The IISC has recommended that all the cables be replaced as the existing ones may corrode in the future.
“We have investigated the Peenya flyover and the cables are already rusted. Also, they have broken and we do not know how long it will hold. We have to install new cables to strengthen the flyover. The NHAI has called for tenders and, in the coming weeks, the work will start. We have recommended carrying out the work in two phases. First, we have to install two additional cables in the first phase and after that, we will allow movement of heavy vehicles. We have given the report to NHAI as well”, said Dr Chandra Kishan, an IISc expert.