The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to invite bids for civil works for the ambitious satellite town ring road (STRR) project by March. It aims to take possession of four-fifths of the land required for first phase of the project by then.
The entire STRR project involves a length of 367 km around Bengaluru that will connect the eight major satellite towns. Of this, NHAI will build 240-km expressway.
Whatever portions the NHAI has left out is being implemented by the State Government under the Karnataka State Highway Improvement Programme (K-SHIP), a government official said
The NHAI is targeting to complete the first phase, involving the 82-km stretch between Dobbspet and Ramanagara, in about three years. Another 30-km stretch between Dobbespet and Magadi is being built under K-SHIP.
The NHAI has divided the STRR project into three phases, said RK Suryawanshi, regional officer at NHAI, Bengaluru. The NHAI, he said, would take up Phase III ahead of Phase II. The second phase would be taken up next year. Another NHAI official said the 56-km Phase II has been kept on hold as it passes through the boundaries of eco-sensitive Bannerghatta National Park.
The long-delayed STRR project, which was taken up under Centre’s Bharatmala scheme, is estimated to cost ₹5,500 crore excluding land costs, and is being implemented under the hybrid annuity model.