The state of Bengaluru’s roads has often been a sore point for many. The high density of traffic causes terrible snarls during peak hours. Also, obstacles like potholes, loose gravel spots and uneven surfaces all of which are dangerous for vehicles and walkers alike. Well, as reported in the Bengaluru Mirror, the Karnataka government is all set to give the city’s roads a new lease of life.
1. Six inter-connected elevated corridors under a hybrid annuity at the cost of Rs 15,825 crores, will likely be constructed over next four years. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation will be taking care of this aspect, and Rs 1000 crores have already been earmarked for this year.
2. A 65-km-long peripheral ring road will be constructed on the city’s outskirts at an estimated cost of Rs 11,950 crores. This is an ambitious project, and approximately 1,890 acres of land will be used. The Karnataka government has approved this work to be taken up through a Special Purpose Vehicle, which is presently in operation.
3. There will be 95 kms of additional metro rail network for Bengaluru, under Phase Three. This will include 42.75 kms from JP Nagar to KR Puram, 12.5 kms from Magadi Road Toll Gate to Kadabagere, another 30.7 kms from Gottigere to Basavapura, 18.95 kms from RK Hegdenagar to Aerospace Park, 10.6 km from Kogilu Cross to Rajanukunte, and 6.67 kms from Ibrur to Carmelram.
4. A direct subsidy of Rs 100 crore will be provided to BMTC, and in a bid to improve the bus-transport network in the city, the government plans to launch 80 electric buses. A better bus infrastructure could encourage people to use public transport, thus reducing traffic density.
5. The Karnataka government has also decided to upgrade the aesthetic beauty of the roads by converting overhead lines to underground cables in the city. The latter have a lower current loss due to transmission, and ensure quality and reliable power supply to customers, according to a BESCOM official quoted in the Times of India.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)