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The 364-km road will be built at a cost of Rs. 5,340 crore The 364-km road will be built at a cost of Rs. 5,340 crore

  • 8,600 acres to be acquired to develop the eight-lane ring road
  • Roadworks to be executed in four packages

    BANGALORE: To provide road connectivity to seven taluk centres in and around Bangalore, the State Government has decided to construct a 364-km satellite town ring road at a cost of Rs. 5,340 crore in the Bangalore Metropolitan Region Development Authority (BMRDA) region.

    Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna said 8,600 acres would be acquired to develop the eight-lane ring road in the next five years.

    The roadworks would be executed in four packages. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would conduct a feasibility study in 14 months.

    The State would submit a proposal to the Infrastructure Fund of the Centre seeking money for land acquisition and construction. The road would be constructed on Design Build Own Operate and Transfer (DBOOT) basis, he said.

    The department also decided to construct an intermediate ring road (150 km) with an investment of Rs. 2,000 crore.

    The NHAI had approved the road, which would connect Nelamangala-international airport at Devanahalli-Attibele-

    Tavarakere-Nelamangala.

    Mr. Revanna said an airport expressway from Horamavu on the outskirts of Bangalore to the international airport would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 450 crore. About 400 acres would be acquired for 26-km road, he said.

    The Government had already launched a programme to improve the quality of 39 roads (883.40 km) to be executed at a cost of Rs. 683.56 crore. The work on these roads would be completed by March 2008. Construction of 39 roads would provide better connectivity to all towns in the BMRDA area.

    Mr. Revanna said the Government would approach the World Bank for loan to develop roads connecting taluk headquarters in all districts under the Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP-II).

    The KSHIP-I, which commenced in 2001 with funds provided by the World Bank, is likely to be completed in June.

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