Friday, February 23, 2007

Zoom on 8-lane Devanahalli road

Zoom on 8-lane Devanahalli road
The Times of India

Bangalore: Tenders have been called for the Rs 450-crore tolled airport expressway that will connect Horamaavu on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) directly to the international airport at Devanahalli.
Public works minister H D Revanna on Thursday said the road will have eight lanes and 400 acres will be required for the project.
There is an existing major district road from the ORR to Devanahalli that was originally supposed to be upgraded. But the government has decided against it; the new road will be straight and overlap the existing one.
The Bangalore Metropolitan Area Development Authority (BMRDA) and the PWD have written to the Centre for development of the 364-km satellite town ring road (STRR) around Bangalore.
“The project, costing Rs 5,347 crore, will be taken up as a Centrestate-private partnership. The Centre and the state’s shares will be 20% each and the private partner will put in 60%,’’ Revanna outlined.
The same model will be followed for the 150-km intermediate ring road (IRR). The project cost is Rs 200 crore.
No politicking: Revanna said there was no politicking in allocation of roads under the K-SHIP II project as alleged by the Congress and BJP. “It has been done as per the World Bank norms. If anyone has any problems, let them complain to me, I will ask the World Bank to reconsider the roads that have been taken up,’’ he said.
On the recent protest by BJP MLAs that roads in their constituencies have been ignored, Revanna said: “I have financial limitations.’’
Underpasses on ORR
The ORR will get an alignment of underpasses to be constructed at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The underpasses are slated to come up at JP Nagar 24th Main, Kanakapura Road-Ring Road junction and Kadirenahalli Circle junction.
BBMP commissioner K Jairaj and other engineers inspected the site on Thursday.
Road works covered under the KMRP scheme were also reviewed. Of the 40 roads that have been taken up covering 140 km, 35 km will be completed by March-end.

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