The road between Hoskote and Dobbspet is likely to be operational within three years
For those in Whitefield, the commute time to international airport may get shorter in three years as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is fast-tracking a Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) between Hoskote and Dobbspet.
The 80.32-km, ₹2,870-crore road will establish the Ring Road along the northern fringes of the city, traversing through Devanahalli and Doddaballapur, passing within a couple of kilometres from the proposed entry into the Eastern Tunnel Road conceived by the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).
For NHAI officials, the project assumes importance as the other STRR arc, which connects Dobbspet to Hosur on the southern fringe of the city, is expected to run into delays over wildlife and forest permissions for constructing an elevated road through Bannerghatta National Park. Officials believe the approval process for this arc may take up to two years on this stretch.
“Until then, the STRR from Hoskote to Dobbspet can be constructed relatively fast. We expect it to be operational within three years, and will see immediate diversion of vehicles that would have otherwise gone on Ring Road or through the city,” says S.P. Somashekhar, Project Director, NHAI.
He said a detailed feasibility report was being prepared and the tenders will be awarded by March 2019. “By August 2019, work will start. The contractor will be given a standard time of 30 months for work,” he said.
For those in Whitefield, the project could come as a boon. The new road is around 35 km from the airport (assuming the Eastern tunnel is built), while the current “alternative road to the airport” is around 33 km from the IT hub. The time taken, however, may be halved during peak hours. Similarly, officials expect travel time from Electronics City and Sarjapur towards the airport to be considerably reduced as travel through the city will be bypassed.