The upcoming tower at Freedom Park is proposed to be 560 metres tall
BANGALORE: The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) is planning to construct what it claims to be the world’s tallest tower. The proposed 560-metre tower will be constructed on the premises of Freedom Park.
Freedom Park is being developed on the land where the old central prison stood. The tower will house a microwave disc platform, an air-conditioned restaurant, a wedding hall and an observatory.
Prof H R Vishwanath of BMS College of engineering had made a proposal to former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on August 22, 2007 to build this tower on land in Uttarahalli measuring 5 acres and 20 guntas.
The government expressed concern that such a tower would attract tourists. And road connectivity, parking space and electrification would be difficult to provide at that site. Prof Vishwanath suggested that the tower be built at Freedom Park.
BBMP sources said that global construction majors like DAE WOO, Gammon India, NBCC India and Larsen & Toubro have already evinced interest in taking up the project on build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis.
BBMP administrator Dilip Rau said. “If BBMP tries to implement such a project on its own, it will end up in disaster”. Rau has ordered a detailed project report and traffic management report.
The tower will be a concrete shaft till an altitude of 460 metres and the next 100 m will be a steel mast. At 550m it would house a four storey sky pods.
The floor diameter at 350m altitude will be 30 metres. At this level a microwave disc platform with a range (cell radius) of 100km will be installed. A revolving restaurant at 360m altitude will seat 150 guests.
At 355m altitude an observation gallery with a radius of 30 metres will be built. It will have a capacity to hold 250 people. A wedding hall is proposed at 360m. Between 390 metres and 410 metres the transmission equipment of police, post and overseas communication department will be housed. Finally, at 460 metres, TV and FM radio transmitters will be installed.
The BBMP estimates that congestion on roads around the Freedom Park will increase by 5 per cent because of the proposed Tower. BBMP plans to create additional parking facility and widen Sheshadri Road, Palace Road, Kalidasa Road and Y Ramachandra Road to seven metres.
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