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With a flyover right in front of the TTMC, and a slum to its left, it proved to be difficult for buses to move from one side of the TTMC to another.

Field Trip Part 2: Yeshwantpur TTMC

On January 5, after visiting the CNR Rao circle underpass, students were taken to the Yeshwanthpur TTMC (Transport and Traffic Management Centre), an example of a successful JNNURM project by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation.

Constructed on a institutional plot of land with an aim to maximise public utility, this is one of 8 TTMCs proposed in the city. A total sum of Rs. 256 crores was invested in the 8 projects and today, they are generating revenue of Rs. 42 crores per annum.

This TTMC has a multi-level car parking, 4-level commercial property, and a 2-level bus stop. Prioritising customer satisfaction and efficiency, it allows for easy bus maintenance, and houses passenger facilities, a bus terminus, public parking and commercial space.

On the 5th of January, 2014, B.CLIP students went on a site visit to the CNR Rao circle underpass near IISc. Mr. B N Vishwanath, an independent auditor at the JNNURM, walked the students through how an infrastructure project is conceptualized, and why they often fail or get delayed.

Field Trip Part 1: CNR Rao Circle Underpass

On January 5, B.CLIP students went on a site visit to the CNR Rao underpass near IISc. Mr. B N Vishwanath, an independent auditor at the JNNURM, walked the students through how infrastructure projects are conceptualised, and why they often fail or get delayed.

This project sits on an arterial path in Bangalore, and it was planned with the aim to ease vehicular congestion and facilitate easy movement of traffic between Mekhri circle, Malleshwaram and Yeshwantpur. The underpass leads on one side to National Highway 4 which links 20 districts of Karnataka.

This is a project taken up under the national Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme and was sanctioned as a turnkey project in early 2008 at the cost of about 30 crores. Stipulated to be completed in 10 months, it is now fast approaching 60 months since project start. With many months and years of inactivity, there is breakneck progress in the work over the past three months and the underpass is set for full use in the next few weeks.