CM Siddaramaiah and city development minister KJ George will launch the work on a major arterial road connecting Magadi Road and Mysuru Road.
next month, in a series of big-ticket infrastructure projects the gover nment has planned to start in Bengaluru ahead of the Assembly elections.
The 10.75-km road will cost Rs 495 crore.
The proposed road will run parallel to NICE Road, and will be 150-foot wide. The BDA will also build 30-foot service roads on either side of the arterial road. The BDA has planned the project as a long boulevard from end-to-end.
“We will take about 15 months to complete the road. It is going to help a large number of people commuting between Magadi and Mysuru Roads,” BDA commissioner Rakesh Singh said.
“The BDA Board has approved the road project recently, and we will invite tenders in the next couple of days,” BDA engineer-member PN Nayak said. “We will be calling this a major arterial road,” he added.
The ambitious road project -planned initially as a peripheral ring road (PRR-II) -has been mired in delays over land acquisition problems.
The BDA requires 325 acres of private land, but could not get access as most landowners insisted on cash compensation rather than other options.
The BDA offered returning a portion of the developed land, but both sides could not arrive at a consensus.
The landowners were asking for 60 per cent of the developed land as compensation for every acre acquired, but the BDA offered 40 per cent as it did with landowners in the Kempegowda Layout. In the end both sides, agreed for 50 per cent each.
The new road, which will run parallel to the NICE expressway between Magadi Road and Mysuru Road, will have a peripheral ring road (PRR) alignment, BDA officials said. The two roads -NICE and the BDA’s proposed arc road -will run about 2 km apart.
The BDA was earlier thinking of building a 330-foot (100 metre) road -almost like a peripheral ring road between Mysuru and Magadi Roads. But the agency has cut the width to 150 feet with provision to widen the road when the demand picks up.
With inputs from: The Economic Times
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