Will they, won’t they …

… update the “date of completion” mentioned on this blue information board installed near Marathahalli bridge? It still says 30-9-2006 !
Lady in that giant hoarding is keeping a vigil, and will let us know whenever they make the update :) But I do want to know the purpose of even putting up that “date of completion” in there. Regardless, since whatever does start must finish, we are guaranteed of a bridge soon. So be happy.

Yes, work has picked up of late, if that is some consolation. In case you didn’t know, July 31 2006 was the original deadline. As this photo I took over the weekend shows, main span of this railway bridge is yet to show up.


Beyond this bridge, Marathahalli shopping area is a real nightmare to drive through these days. You may be surprised to hear that because they have done a good job of widening the road on both sides. But what has happened is this. Earlier, we were all forced to drive one behind another due to narrow lanes and the hard divider. And that ‘forced’ discipline ensured lack of chaos. But now, you have Qualis’es and Sumo’s sneaking in from as-left-as-possible and auto rickshaws filling in as hard dividers. Result? A lot more tension behind the wheels, and a lot more brushes and accidents.

Wonder when we will get it that just laying tar isn’t enough. Policing is one real need more than anything else right now. Anyone listening?

PS: I also wonder if recent fall in Whitefield area real estate prices (20% fall in last 6 months so I heard – source CNBC/TV18) has anything to do with these connectivity problems?

3 Comments so far

  1. randramble (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 8:46 am

    Good one!

    Realty prices falling in Whitefield area? So, there are some people who are coming down towards ground reality, after all!

  2. RDM (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    Being a regular commuter across this bridge, I also had felt work was making good progress.
    But after this deadline of Sep30, I feel somethings are going wrong.. There isnt any progress in last two weeks and I dont find much of workers around..
    Looks like it will definitely carry till end of year..

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on October 11th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    Randramble – I am sure the dip is temporary. We are eternal optimists by birth (Indians). So the hope that things like Urban Renewal Mission will take care of Bangalore wins over current concerns about Infrastructure :)

    RDM – No construction work happens between Durga Puja and Deepavali (Sep 30 to Oct 21). Thats why no progress since Sep 30.

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