Source: Bangalore Mirror January 11, 2016

BDA finally moves to build the PRR

BDADelay in acquiring land and cost escalations forced the BDA to postpone it

Unable to raise funds by itself to construct the peripheral ring road (PRR) project connecting major highways around the city from Tumkur Road to Hosur Road to provide easier access to the inner areas of the city, the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has finally called for international competitive bidding to ensure that the project sees the light of day. This marks the resurrection of the dream project which was proposed in 2005.

It would cost Rs 11,950 crore including land acquisition to build the project in three years.

The eight-lane road extending over a stretch of 65 km starts from Tumkur Road and ends at Hosur Road, but between the two the PRR gets connected with other prominent highways like Bellary Road, Old Madras Road and Sarjapur Road.

The idea is to decongest the outer ring road (ORR) as Bengaluru's explosive growth has reached beyond the ORR which is seeing increasing volume of traffic on this road. The PRR would bring relief by providing the much-needed easy access to the city's inner areas from different points on the city's periphery even as it achieves its prime objective of offering smoother movement around the city by decongesting the ORR.

BDA commissioner T Sham Bhat told Bangalore Mirror, "The peripheral ring road project requires a huge of amount of investment. The BDA is not in a position to invest thousands of crores. So we have called for tenders seeking investment even from global players. We are hoping that as the Karnataka Investment is nearing even foreign players would show interest investing in the project.

"He said BDA would acquire the land and the project will be implemented through public private partnership on a build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT) basis. "It would take two to three years to complete the project. The eight-lane road will connect major highways. At present, the city has grown even beyond the ring roads and getting congested day by day. Once the peripheral ring road project gets implemented it will ease the traffic to a great extent."

Bhat said people have to pay toll to use the eight-lane road; and service roads will also be built on the stretch.

Commenting on the present situation of land acquisition, Bhat said, "There are no difficulties in acquiring the land and if the property owners are paid compensation they are ready to hand over the land."

It may be noted here that BDA had identified 1,810 acres of land for the purpose of building the road over 10 years ago. The properties have been identified in 51 villages. Delay in acquisition of the land over the years and cost escalations involving acquisition had forced the BDA to repeatedly postpone implementing project.

Last year, the BDA re-surveyed properties required for the project and intimated the owners about the acquisition again. It is estimated that the total compensation package would cost over Rs 5,000 crore.

NOTE: For blow-up

-PRR project cost: Rs 11,950 cr -Length of PRR: 65 Km -Land identified: 1,810 acres -Number of villages: 51 -Cost of acquisition: Over Rs 5,000 cr -To be ready in: 3 years

EARLY STAGE
Initially, the state government had proposed of building peripheral ring road outside the existing outer ring road (ORR) having a stretch of 116 kms. However, the plan was later modified and limited to 64.74 kilometres in the first phase from Tumakuru Road to Hosur Road.

TIME LINE
*The project was announced by SM Krishna when he was the chief minister. However, since then, there have been numerous developments over its construction. *In the year 2005 - the PRR project was proposed in two phases on the lines of Hyderabad ORR project *2006-10 - Property owners challenged the land acquisition process before the Karnataka High Court. *2011- Citing delay in implementing the project the High Court quashes PRR project. *2013 - In June, the state government decides to limit PRR project from Tumkur Road to Hosur Road having a stretch of 65 Km. In July, the Karnataka High Court upholds the acquisition of land barring 372 acres of land identified in 2010. *2014- In November, environment clearance was given by the Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. *2015 - In November, Union urban development department also approves the project.

ALIGNMENT
-The alignment starts at Makali off Tumkur Road
-It moves towards Thammenhalli and Soladevanahalli.
-After moving towards Dodda Bylakere it passes through Mavallipura sewage treatment plant, before entering Jarakabandekaval forest.
-The road intersects Doddaballpura Road near BMS Institute of Technology, around 3 km from the periphery of Yelahanka Satellite Town.
-The PRR intersects Bellary Road at Hosahalli.
-After entering agricultural areas in Kogilu, residential and industrial areas in Agrahara, Thirumalenahalli, Bellahalli, Doddagubbi, it touches Rampura.
-Headed in the south-east direction, it intersects Old Madras Road near Sree Mahalakshmi Ventateshwara School in Avalahalli.
-Then it heads towards Kadugodi.
-Near railway line close to Kadugodi Milk Federation Society it moves towards Channasandra and reaches Sorahunase and touches Varthur Lake.
-After Kachamaranahalli it moves 3.5 Km towards southwest and it cuts across Sarjapur road in Sulikunte. All the areas around this stretch are agricultural lands.
-The PRR then curves south-west towards Gattihalli, Huskuru and Chikkanagamangala.
-Going further south-west, the road moves along the periphery of the industrial areas of Electronic City.
-The road enters the Electronic City and intersects Hosur Road near Suvidya College in Hebbagodi.

 

 

 

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