COMMERCE AND Industries Minister Babulal Gaur has said that the beauty of VIP Road and Upper Lake should be kept intact while constructing the proposed flyover from Roshanpura to VIP Road. He was speaking at a symposium organised on Tuesday to invite suggestions on the flyover.
Several prominent citizens and corporators also expressed their views on the proposed flyover as well as the Bus Road Transit System (BRTS).
Bhopal Municipal Corporation officials informed the gathering about the nine different plans for this 3.20-kilometer long overbridge. These plans were prepared by New Delhi-based Consulting Engineering Services Limited. After watching the presentation, Gaur said that it should be kept in mind that view of VIP Road and the Upper Lake should not be affected.
He also said that there should be no commercial activities on VIP Road, as suggested by the officials of Consulting Engineering Services Limited.
The proposed bridge is to be landed at VIP Road after covering a part of Upper Lake. The BMC officials also informed that seven flyovers are proposed at different locations in the City including Vijay Nagar, Airport, Alpana Tiraha, Ghoda Nakkas, Bhopal Talkies, Budhwara, Jumerati, Somwara, Central Library, E-2 Arera Colony and RRL Shakti Nagar.
Mayor Sunil Sood said the final decision on the flyover would be taken by including the suggestions received from the prominent citizens and corporators. Sood assured that the flyover would in face enhance the beauty of Upper Lake. Former mayor and Congress leader Deepchand Yadav suggested that the flyover be constructed keeping in view the projected population of next 50 years.
Some citizens suggested that more flyovers should be constructed in old city areas to reduce the traffic burden. A large number of corproators and senior citizens were present at the symposium. Earlier, BMC Commissioner Manish Singh and City Engineer (Project) Ashok Khare gave details about the project.
Flyover to be four-lane
ABOUT ONE-KM stretch of the proposed flyover from Roshanpura to VIP Road would pass through the Upper Lake. At present, it is proposed that this flyover would be four-lane and 3.20 kilometer long. This would reduce the burden of the road connecting Roshanpura to Kamla Park.
The consultant hired by the BMC prepared nine plans for this flyover. In some of the plans, it is proposed that a crossing would be developed inside the Upper Lake. This would free a part of VIP Road for recreational purpose.