Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cabinet nod for PRR

Cabinet nod for PRR
DH News Service, Bangalore:
The first phase of the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) connecting Tumkur Road with Hosur Road has got the State Cabinet's approval.

The State Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod for the first phase of the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) which will connect Tumkur Road with Hosur Road.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti said the first phase will comprise a 65-km stretch with a eight lane carriageway. The final notification for acquiring 1,909 acres will be issued in 15 days, he said. Phase-II of the project will comprise 51 kms connecting Hosur Road with Tumkur Road and will require 1,862 acres.

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had mooted PRR with the objective of diverting heavy vehicle traffic flowing into Bangalore. Once in place, PRR will help in diverting heavy vehicle traffic to the highways and offer better connectivity to the Bannerghatta Road, Bellary Road, Magadi Road and Mysore Road.

Implemented under the Jawaharalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) at a cost of Rs 2,065 crore, the road will be laid on the City’s peripheries at a radial distance of between 2.80 and 11.50 km from the existing Outer Ring Road (ORR).

The PPR was also in the news due to public opposition against land acquisition for the project. But the BDA’s attempts to arrive at a compromise by holding public hearing of land owners’ grievances had taken the sting out of the protests.

The logic behind the road project had also been questioned because of its proximity to the 41-km four-lane toll road built under the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC).


*Tenders called for widening Palace Road, Seshadri Road, Kasturba Road and Race Course Road at a cost of Rs 17.18 crore.

*Advances to the tune of Rs 137.58 crore to eight sugar factories to be discussed with Apex Bank.

*Approval for Harinala irrigation project in Bailhongal taluk.

*478 doctors in Health and Family Welfare Department, who have put in three years service, to be regularised.

*Approval to procure loan to the tune of Rs 43 crore from banks and financial institutions to North East Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.

*Approval to shift Hassan Medical College and Government Hospital to nearby location.


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