Monday, November 27, 2006

To Tumkur in half the time

To Tumkur in half the time
New Indian Express

BANGALORE: Thanks to National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Bangaloreans could zoom to Tumkur at half the time they take now.

NHAI would soon convert 20 km stretch of NH4 from ring road till Jass toll road into a six-lane highway with 4.5 km elevated segment.

The elevated expressway would be second of the kind in Bangalore. The other one being on Hosur Road.

What is more, the entire stretch would be free of any road junctions. But the motorists would have to wait for another two years.

Further the entire 20-km stretch would be a toll road. NHAI project director Manoj Kumar told this paper that the tender process was already on and the technical bids were evaluated.

NHAI New Delhi office would evaluate the financial bids for Rs 445 crore in another month before awarding the contracts, he said.

Six-laning of this segment was mooted along with widening of Hosur Road a few years ago and Karnataka government too had been demanding decongestion of the busy road.

The Yeshwantpur - Jass Toll road segment witnesses huge congestion now with a traffic density of 15,000 passenger car units (PCU) per hour.

The scope of work would include providing service roads on either side of the highway.

The project would also include about seven grade separators so that the road junctions would not halt the traffic flow.

The grade separators would be near Jindal, TCI junction, Nelamangala bypass, Dasanapura, Magadi road junction and Mangalore road junction.


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