Work on road to BIA from Nov

DH News Service, Bangalore:

Work on the much awaited six-lane elevated road between Hebbal and Yelahanka bypass to facilitate smooth traffic to and from the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) will start from November this year.

Speaking to reporters here after reviewing the progress of various national highway development projects in the State, Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways K H Muniyappa said the four-km long elevated toll road will be in addition to the eight-laning of the existing stretch between the two locations to ensure better connectivity to the airport.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be using the latest innovations in the construction technology for the project and the six-lane elevated road will be supported on single pillars and not pillar pairs, Muniyappa said. The NHAI will also take up 10-laning (six lanes with two service lanes on either side) of the stretch between Yelahanka and the airport with room for future expansion. The total project cost is Rs 450 crore and will be completed within a two-year time-frame, the minister said.

Meanwhile, the City is in store for another mega project: a 350-km greenfield expressway between Bangalore and Chennai.

Muniyappa said the alignment work for the expressway by consultants deploying satellite imagery is on and the process will be completed by December this year.

The feasibility report will be prepared thereafter. A detailed project report on the number of lanes and its cost will be worked out after the alignment is finalised, he said.

Muniyappa said the Bangalore-Chennai expressway is one of the four expressway projects approved by the Union Cabinet. The projects will be be taken up on public-private-partnership model, he said.

NHAI officials said the cost of building a km expressway is expected to be around Rs 15 crore.

He said 668 km of roads in the State under Phase III of the National Highways Development Projects are in various stages of completion. In addition, 609 km of roads have been identified for four or six laning and these include Hospet-Bellary (80 km), Hassan-BC Road (140 km), Kundapur-Goa border (194 km), Hospet-Chitradurga (125 km) and Karnataka-Maharashtra border near Bijapur (70 km).

Muniyappa said he will be laying the foundation stone for the Rs 36.56-crore Kabini bridge in September first week.

  • Four-km long, six-lane elevated road between Hebbal & Yelahanka bypass
  • The toll road will be supported by single pillars and not pillar pairs.
  • Latest innovation in construction technology to be used
  • Project cost: Rs 450 crore (USD 110 million)
  • Time for completion: Two years

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