Expressway on Tumkur Road ready for Ride & PPP model for mono rail Phase I

News Posted - 2010-08-19, Last Updated - 2010-08-19


The much-awaited stretch of Tumkur Road on NH-4 will be open to commuters finally. The Rs 720-crore elevated expressway and access-controlled corridor are likely to be thrown open to vehicular traffic by August-end.

The stretch of 19.5 km, combining the newly constructed expressway and access-controlled road, will benefit an estimated 1.2 lakh commuters heading towards north Karnataka and further to Pune and Mumbai and other parts of North India every day.

The six-lane axis-control toll road leading to Nelamangala will provide commuters seamless connectivity along a four-lane main carriageway, three-lane service road and four-lane elevated expressway. The stretch, which was a nightmare to traverse, is expected to turn into a swift commute, NHAI officials said. Commuters can hope to reach Nelamangala from Bangalore in 15 minutes, compared to one hour at present.

The toll rates will be notified soon. “A gazette notification on this will be announced from New Delhi,’’ said an official. Would two wheelers be prohibited on the stretch? That has not been decided as yet. “We will decide in consultation with the police,’’ he added.

PPP model for mono rail Phase I

The government is taking up the first phase of the 15.7 km mono rail project that will extend from Majestic to Agara Lake. The project will be implemented on the Swiss challenge method on a public-private partnership basis.

This was announced by chief minister B S Yeddyurappa here on Tuesday. After reviewing the Mono Rail project, which is planned to act as a feeder service to the Metro, with infrastructure development department (IDD) officials, Yeddyurappa said the Malaysian-based M/s Geodesic Scomi Company will execute the first phase under the Swiss challenge method. He added that this company was already executing mono rail work in Mumbai.

“Our aim is to provide the city with a world-class transport system. Therefore, we are giving in-principle approval to start the mono rail work,” the CM said.

The total length of the rail, which connects 172 wards, is 60.6 km. It is estimated to carry five lakh commuters a day. Yeddyurappa said the mono rail will have a fully elevated track and hence the construction work will not affect traffic movement in the city.

The design would keep in view Majestic, Yeshwantpur and Cantonment railway stations as central points for connectivity. The rail will focus on connecting schools, colleges, markets, hospitals, bus stands and railway stations that fall under 172 wards. Govt to float tenders for business park.

Bangalore: The government on Tuesday decided to float global tenders to restart the Devanahalli Business Park.

After reviewing the project , chief minister B S Yeddyurappa said the execution will be on public-private-partnership model. According to the earlier model, land had to be leased to a contractor who would build and operate for a specified period.

According to sources, the project was delayed for two reasons — first, the 305-acre land is within the jurisdiction of fly-zone area, where none is allowed to build more than 10 floors, including the basement area; second, no big firm came forward due to the slump in real estate market.

Source: 19/8/10