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Satellite Town Ring Road project to follow Guj model

Aimed at decongesting vehicular traffic in Bengaluru, this will be the first project in Karnataka to emulate the Gujarat model.

BENGALURU: To manage the huge land acquisition cost of over `5,000 crore to be incurred for the Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) project and Intermediate Town Ring Road Project (ITRR), the Bangalore Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (BMRDA) will model it on the lines of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Ring Road project in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Aimed at decongesting vehicular traffic in Bengaluru, this will be the first project in Karnataka to emulate the Gujarat model.A BMRDA official said, “The projects will decongest Bengaluru massively, as lorries heading from Mumbai to Tamil Nadu and Mysuru need not enter the city, and can take the outer road. NH4 and NH7, Hosur Road, Mysuru Road and Kanakapura Road will get enormous relief too.”

A team is visiting Gujarat shortly to understand its implementation in depth. The STRR project will encircle Bengaluru city for a length of 204km, and connect nine satellite towns enroute. Under the IRR project, each of these towns will have roads encircling them, and the total length covered will be 163km.

The Gujarat model has been billed the ‘Land Reconstitution Model’ or ‘Town Planning Scheme Model’. “In simple terms, the land acquisition cost for the government will be nil. In exchange for the land pooled in from owners, they will get developed land within or near the land they have handed over for the project,” he added.

Proposed first in September 2005 under the BMRDA structure plan, the projects were revised on May 8, 2017.On the need to opt for the Gujarat model, another official said, “The estimated project cost was fixed in 2015. The construction cost works out to Rs 2,000 crore along with the land acquisition cost of over `5,000 crore. The cost will only escalate in future, when implementation begins.”

When the new model is implemented, one need not hand over land for civic amenities or parks for the layout. The landowners will get nearly half of developed land within their own premises or close by as an exchange.


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ToR accorded for Satellite Town Ring Road Phase-I

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has accorded terms of reference (ToR) for development of Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) Phase-I.

The project envisages development of STRR Phase-I of NH-948A from Dobbaspete to Ramanagara (0.000 km to 82.200 km) 82.20 km in Ramanagara District, Karnataka.

The project is being developed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under Bharatmala Pariyojana.

The STRR of Bangalore of the newly declared NH-948A is a proposed six-lane highway having a total length of 179.969 km in the states Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The project will be taken in three phases: Phase-I (from ch 0.00 to ch 82.200) in Karnataka, Phase-Il (from ch 82.200 to ch 140.000) in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and Phase-Ill (from ch 140.000 to ch 179.969) in Tamil Nadu. The proposed Phase-I begins at design ch 0.00 near Oblapura village at Nelamangala taluk of Bengaluru Rural district and ends at ch 82.200 at cross point of SH-3, 52.700 km near Kailancha village at Ramanagara taluk in Ramanagara district.

The proposed land acquisition for the alignment will be around total 785.5 ha. The project will be developed at a cost of Rs 2,600 crore. The ending point of STTRR Phase-I will be further integrated with Phase-II.

The proposed road will have two major bridges, five minor bridges, 144 culverts, three ROBs, 27 vehicular underpasses, four interchanges and one flyover.


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STRR project gaining momentum

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.


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Satellite Town Ring Road takes shape

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.

Airport access

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.


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