Tuesday, June 27, 2006

New roads to ease traffic congestion in City

New roads to ease traffic congestion in City
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: In the next two years, Bangalore will have international standard expressways, as the solution for present traffic chaos. Every year, five lakh new vehicles are added in Bangalore and the present roads are bearing tremendous pressure of nearly 26 lakh vehicles.

Thankfully, new roads are all set to ease the strain on roads. Crores of money is being invested and most of the roads leading from Bangalore are getting widened under many projects taken up by the State and Central governments.

All major roads to IT hubs are being upgraded to the national highway standard. More flyovers, underpasses and road widening activities are underway and with Metro project the City might boast of smooth traffic flow in the coming years.

Work on the nine-kilometre elevated expressway between the Silk Board junction and Electronic City is under progress and is expected to be completed next year. The road is estimated to cut down the present travel time of 70 minutes to merely 10 minutes.

The complete Excess Controlled Expressway will have four lanes on the top and ten lanes down, including two service lanes on each side. Altogether, 14 lanes will operate and the work will begin soon.

The ongoing Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project will also help ease the city traffic as the phase-1 of the project consists of 41 km of peripheral road (75 meters width) connecting NH 7 - Hosur Road, near electronic city to NH 4 - Tumkur Road (near Peenya industrial area), 9.1 km of Link Road and 12 km of Expressway connecting the first township - the corporate centre near Bidadi. The phase-1 of the project is expected to be inaugurated by August 15, this year.

The inner core ring road, which was proposed as part of the City Development Strategy Plan will also be a reality in a few years. The 30-km long road will now be changed as the elevated inner core ring road.

Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BMP) too is in action as it has prepared a plan to widen 90 major arterial roads to 30 metre to accommodate six-lane traffic.


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