Proposal to take up work on the 9.14-km stretch between Bannur and Nanjangud is yet to be approved
The city's ambitious six-lane outer ring road (ORR) project being implemented by the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) at an estimated cost of Rs. 239 crore has been hampered by several delays, with the revised deadline to complete the ongoing works set for March 2012.
However, work on the 9.14-km stretch that will connect Bannur Road to Nanjangud Road (termed as the missing link) does not come under this. Work on this stretch is expected to take up to 10 months from the date of inception.
The ORR project has been taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The Union Government will fund 80 per cent of the project cost while the State Government and MUDA will pitch in with the balance amount on an equal basis.
The original deadline for the completion of works was May 2011 but was subsequently extended to July and is now expected to be completed only by March 2012. The delay has been attributed to legal imbroglio and technical issues as a result of which the proposal for taking up work on the 9.14-km stretch is yet to be approved by the Government. However, the MUDA Commissioner C.G. Bethsurmath told The Hindu that the detailed project report (DPR) for the stretch had been submitted to the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) and was expected to be approved in “due course”.
He said the project was delayed as the second instalment of funds was not released on time by the Union Government while the original DPR was also bogged down by technicalities.
DPR was revised
In the original DPR, the length of the ORR was pegged at 32 km apart from service roads though the “Bannur-Nanjangud link road” was not included. But the DPR was subsequently revised to include the Bannur-Nanjangud link as a result of which the ORR length has shot up to 41.5 km.
“Once there was a deviation from the original DPR, the JNNURM cell in Delhi wanted a revised DPR to be submitted and this took some time for approval,” according to K.P. Shivakumar, Superintendent Engineer of MUDA.
The ORR has a stretch of nearly 25 km along the western side of the city while the eastern side has a stretch of 7.2 km. The stretch connecting Bannur and Nanjangud roads is about 9.14 km. Once completed, is expected to meet the projected vehicular movement till 2030.
The stakeholders in the city are keen on early completion of the ORR as it can pave the way for a dedicated bus rapid transit system as the ORR will have a width of 45 metres.
Mr. Shivakumar said a six-lane outer ring road for Mysore was imperative given the present volume of traffic. A traffic survey, analysis and forecasting study was conducted as part of the DPR and the projections undertaken for a 20-year period indicated the volume of traffic to be more than 65,000 passenger car units (PCU) by 2029 while the present volume is estimated to be around 40,000 PCUs, he said.
The service lanes along the ORR would be provided by MUDA at an additional cost. Once completed, it would facilitate traffic diversion and ease the congestion within the city and enhance mobility.
The city has six major entry and exit points — from Bangalore side which connects to Ooty and Wayanad, Hunsur connecting Kodagu, Bannur connecting Malavalli, H.D. Kote connecting Mananthavadi, Bogadi and Nanjangud road; all of which will be linked to the ORR.