Yes, I can see that the flyover is fairly close to an inauguration. The main bridge is definitely complete. But there is no way all of it is going to be ready by July 15 as Times of India told us today (See scanned picture from the same article).
I can predict we will witness the rush to inaugurate yet again. There will be a quarter page ad in all Bangalore newspapers with photos of smiling politicians with folded hands and no mention of actual engineers or workers at all. Someone will then cut the ribbon for this headline – airport road flyover inaugurated, one lane opened to traffic.
And then, they will spend 3 more months trying to finish the looping on and off ramps. Further three months to clean up some of the debris construction work has generated over last 3 years. Rest of junk will stay piled up by the side and degenerate over a few years.
Somehow, in our country, it is very rare to see a quality and speedy public job, clean start to clean finish. The reason my friends is the rush amongst our politicians to inaugurate and take credit.
Extending what I suggested recently, they should neither pay the contractors nor declare a project complete till the real recipients of the service sign off and say yes, its all done. In this case, it will be the commuters who drive up and down airport road each day.
PS: July 15 it will be, says Deccan Herald as well.
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