BENGALURU: Electric vehicle (EV) owners can soon travel to Mysuru without the worry of running out of charge. The state energy department is likely to set up EV charging stations every 25km on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. A fully charged electric car can run up to 120km.
A proposal has already been sent to the Union power ministry, sources said. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom), along with Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (CESC), will facilitate 18 stations on either side from Kengeri to Columbia Asia Hospital in Mysuru. The proposal includes setting up of six stations on either side of Bengaluru-Chennai highway from Electronics City to Attibele.
The department has proposed to set up 107 charging stations, including 83 in Bengaluru and 24 on highways.
“We’ll identify locations for the stations with the help of NHAI. Facilities like rest rooms, cafeterias, etc will be provided for motorists,” an official said.
Inadequate number of charging stations has been a bane for electric car owners on inter-city routes. KSRTC, too, is planning to operate e-buses on the Bengaluru-Mysuru route. Ensuring adequate infrastructure on highways is expected to encourage more people to shift from vehicles running on traditional motor fuel to environment-friendly ones.
Hassle-free and quick commute between Mysuru and Bengaluru has been one of the key issues that the Karnataka government has been keen on resolving for more than a decade, regardless of which political dispensation has been in power at the Vidhana Soudha
The National highways Authority of India (NHAI), which has been entrusted the responsibility to execute the project, is building two helipads along the highway in order to ensure that VIP movement is unhindered, and more importantly, does not affect regular traffic on the road. The two helipads are being developed near Dabangudda in Maddur, and Ganjam in Srirangapatna, both in Mandya district.
Superintendent engineer and project director BT Sridhar said that the expansion of the road was being undertaken in two phases, at a total cost of Rs 7,400 crore. “In the first phase, we are expanding the road from the Panchamukhi Ganesha temple, which is near NICE Road to Nidaghatta village in Maddur. This 56km-stretch is being developed at the cost of Rs 3,900 crore, of which the construction cost is Rs 2,300 crore, and Rs 1,600 crore is being utilised for land acquisition,” said Sridhar.
Meanwhile, in the second phase of the project, the stretch between Nidaghatta to Columbia Asia Hospital Junction on Outer Ring Road (ORR) in Mysuru will be expanded, and a sum of Rs 3,500 crore has been earmarked for the second leg of expansion of the highway. “A 700m-long grade separator, designed in the shape of a clover leaf will be built at the junction on ORR to ensure there is no vehicular gridlock at the key circle,” said Sridhar.
On the progress in the land acquisition process, Sridhar said that NHAI had obtained nearly 80% of the property, marked for expansion, in the first stretch, while the agency had acquired 60% of the land needed for the second phase of the expansion. “There are many villages in Mandya district, where houses have been constructed on government land abutting the road, and we are holding discussions with the property owners. We are keen to compensate them by offering sites at an alternative location,” Sridhar added.
On the volume of traffic the road recorded, Sridhar said that, on average, 34,000 vehicles used the road on a daily basis. “Although the standard rate of increase in traffic movement is 7% per annum, considering that this road connects Bengaluru and Mysuru, we think this will witness a spike of 12 to 15% every year,” he said.
Grade separators and underbridges for seamless connectivity
First Phase: Panchamukhi Ganesha Temple, Mysore Road, Bengaluru to Nidaghatta, Maddur
*56km length of the first stretch
*Bypass junctions at Bidadi, Ramanagara and Channapatna
*Bridges at Bidadi bypass and, crossing of Arkavathi and Kanva rivers
*10 bus shelters
Second Phase: Nidaghtta, Maddur to Columbia Asia Junction, ORR, Mysuru
*61km length of the second stretch of highway
*Bypass junctions at Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna
*Elevated corridors in Maddur and Srirangapatna
*Bridges at canal crossing in Mandya, crossing at Lokapavani River, Srirangapatna Bypass
The 15 km stretch from Bangalore Central to Kengeri NICE Road Junction is known as Mysore Road. It is a part of State Highway 17 which connects Bangalore and Mysore (149 km). Located towards south west Bangalore, Mysore Road passes through prominent localities such as Dodpete, Gori Palya, Guddadahalli, Avalahalli, Nayandahalli, Bangalore University, Kenchenhalli, Kengeri, Banashankari and Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
Mysore Road in Bangalore has witnessed decent real estate activity over the last 3-4 years. Like other stretches across the city, Mysore Road covers massive ground –going from the outskirts of Chamrajpet right up to Nayanadanahalli and further down towards Kengeri. Phase 1 of Namma Metro’s Purple Line will have a station at Mysore Road and this will connect the locality with other parts of the Bangalore. A broad gauge railway line runs parallel to Mysore Road and has stations at Nayandahalli, Gnanabarathi Halt and Kengeri. The area is well served by buses, taxis and auto rickshaws. Major roads like Tank Bund Road, Pipeline Road, Chord Road, Outer Ring Road, Bangalore University Road, Kenchena Halli Road, Dr. Vishnuvarthan Road and NICE Ring Road are the roads which pass through or connect to the Mysore Road. The Purple Line will be extended from Mysore Road to Kengeri.
A part of the famous Bangalore University lies here. The locality has a number of educational institutions like international schools and schools affiliated to various boards of education like Orchids The International School, Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul International School, Tattva School etc. The area has z number of famous institutes like R.V. College Of Engineering, Bangalore Institute of Management Studies (BIMS) and Indian Statistical Institute.
The area has a number of star hotels like Metro View Inn, Transit Hotel, Kadamba Guestline and Hotel Dreamland. The region has serviced apartments and resorts like Transit Home Stay, Stopovers Serviced Apartments, The Club, Eagleton – The Golf Resort, Shakthi Hill Resort and Wonderla Resort. The locality has a number of restaurants like Rasta Cafe, Kamat Lokaruchi, epulo – Vineyard Restaurant etc. where a wide variety of cuisines are served.
Gopalan Arcade Mall and Gopalan Legacy Mall are located here. The locality has a number of standalone retail outlets of both national and international options like The Raymond Shop, Woodland, People, Health & Glow, Deco Designs, etc. Electronics stores, supermarkets, general stores, provision stores, shopping complexes and grocery stores are located here.
The famous Wonderla Amusement Park is located here. Theatres and multiplexes like Gopalan Cinemas, Vijay Theatre, Nalanda theatre etc. are found here. Irido 6D theatre is present here.
Famous multi specialty, super specialty and general hospitals like Victoria Hospital, Indus Westside Hospital, Brookefield Hospital and Sanjeevani Hospitals are present here. The locality has a number of other hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.
Places to worship:
Panchamukha Ganesha Temple, Gali Anjaneya Temple, St Peter & Paul Church, Qudaadaad Masjid and Masjid – E – Taha are some of the places of worship located here.
The micro market, once an agricultural land has now turned into an industrial hub with rapidly growing residential development. The locality is one of the most important and sought after residential localities and has gained importance as a commercial real estate market as well. Presence of social infrastructure like good educational institutions and proximity to industrial areas have contributed to the growth of real estate. The locality is known for low and mid segment residential projects. The area is considered to be the next investment destination. The growth of real estate market of the locality is going to remain positive with the proposed and under construction projects like:
Nandi infrastructure corridor (NICE) is under construction Proposed elevated expressway The western extension of the metro line from Mysore Road Terminal to Kengeri (6.5 km) will have stations at Nayandahalli, Rajarajeshwari Arch, Bangalore University Gate and R V College of Engineering
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MYSURU: In what will be a major relief to commuters travelling between Bengaluru and Mysuru, work on widening the highway into an eight-lane road has commenced. The state government has completed the survey, felled trees and fixed boundaries for the eight-lane road (a six-lane concrete road and two service roads) and has also completed the cleaning work to commence the actual work. The work is being executed at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore. Using the new road, travellers can commute between the two cities in under 120 minutes.
The government has cleared all the hurdles setting the stage for the actual work to begin in December. Dhabas, eateries and other commercial establishments have been told to relocate to start the road work.
Although, work has been completed at a few stretches between Mysuru and Mandya, the work will be expedited after harvesting of paddy and sugarcane. Raje Gowda, a farmer, said they will harvest paddy in another 40 days. The project will be executed on a cost-sharing basis between the Centre and the state.
Also, 80% of the land required for the project has been acquired. The work will be executed in two phases — Bengaluru-Nidaghatta and Mysuru-Nidaghatta — and work will start from both ends. Though the then Union Minister Oscar Fernandes – after a request from the then PWD minister H C Mahadevappa – declared Bengaluru-Mysuru Road a National Highway and sanctioned `2,300 crore, the current NDA government decided to make the road eight-lane at a cost of `6,000 crore
PWD Minister H D Revanna said a Bhopal-based company has been awarded the tender and said work will take off from December 2018.He said they have proposed for bypasses at Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna as flyovers would further escalate the cost of the project.
A senior official executing the project, pleading anonymity, said they have taken up the issue of acquiring forest land with the Forest Department. He said units are set up at 3-4 locations to supply raw material for laying the road.
The official said power, water and telephone lines will be shifted whenever required. Site manager Gurvinder Singh said they have started the work on the acquired land which is free of litigation. “We have not touched forest land as we are awaiting orders. In a few cases of litigation, we have only forwarded the papers to the government,” he added.
Tenders awarded, road-widening work will begin in 3-4 months
The ground work for widening the highly-congested Bengaluru-Mysuru Road is set to begin from Saturday.