Here’s good news for anyone who has to travel often between Chennai and Bengaluru – authorities are one step closer to building the proposed six-lane expressway between the two cities, which will cut down commute time considerably.
According to a report from the Economic Times, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, at a recent review meeting of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) projects, said that the central government will likely be giving the approval for the expressway by June.
Here’s everything that we know about this expressway so far:
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1) The six-lane, 265-km expressway will be built along the same lines as the expressway between Pune and Mumbai.
2) According to officials, the commute time will now be cut down to just four hours. Currently, there are two alternatives for anyone taking the road to travel between the cities – the 372-km new National Highway (NH-7) to Chennai via Krishnagiri and Vellore and there is the NH-4 that goes through Kolar and Chittor. Depending on traffic, it can take people 6 to 8 hours to go from Chennai to Bengaluru and vice versa.
3) The proposed expressway will start from Hoskote to Sriperumbudur (which is about 40km from Chennai city). And since its width will be 90 metres, there will be ample space for vehicles, hence countering problems due to traffic.
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4) The expressway will allow vehicles to speed up to 120 kmph.
5) NHAI has projected that the peak traffic in this corridor will be between 45,000 to 60,000 passenger car units on each of the three lanes a day.