|February 26 2011, 10:13 AM||#1|
A New Expressway between Bangalore to Chennai Via Arakkonam Sriperumbudur
Old Madras Road to get ‘new line’
NHAI decides to lay the Bangalore-Chennai expressway from Hoskote, which will make it the shortest route to TN capital
The Old Madras Road could become the ‘New Madras Road’ as the six-lane Bangalore-Chennai expressway would begin from Hoskote, in north-east Bangalore. The NHAI has now finalised this new alignment.
A senior officer from the National Highways Authority of India said, “We are giving final touches to the topographical and geo-technical surveys. After their completion, we will go in for a final feasibility report and seek approval for the technical design (of the expressway).”
According to him, this process would take about six to nine months. Work on the project, which would begin in a year’s time, is expected to be completed in three years.
When complete, this 250-km route will be the shortest distance between the capitals of the two southern states. The expressway will be connecting Hoskote and Sriperumbudur, which is about 40 km from Chennai.
The officer said the NHAI wanted to reduce the distance further, but since the Eastern Ghats are on the same route, it feared it may not get clearance from the Ministry of Environment.
Now, instead of going through the ghats, the expressway would make a slight deviation.
The road will cut through Hoskote and Malur in Karnataka, V Kota and Palmaner in Andhra Pradesh, and Gudiyatam, Arakkonam and Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.
It would be a world class road, where vehicles can zip at 120 kilometres per hour. Besides, the road embankment will be three to six metres above the ground level, which will ensure hassle-free driving.
NHAI says it might have to spend Rs 15-16 crore per kilometre for laying the road. “The toll will be higher than that on other NHAI roads,” said the officer, adding that the toll rates have not been finalised.
Meanwhile, NHAI officials plan to have an alternative road from Bangalore up to the expressway, which begins at Hoskote. At present, the Bangalore-Mulbagal road tollgate is located near Hoskote and the new expressway too begins at this point.
“Motorists would not like to pay toll at two points. So, we are considering connecting the expressway to NH-207 (between Hosur and Dobbespet),” he said. However, a final decision is yet to be taken in this matter.
The project was first announced by then finance Minister P Chidambaram in his budget speech during the nineties. However, it had failed to take off.
Routes to Chennai
» The Hosur-Krishnagiri (golden quadrilateral) route, a distance of about 343 km, is the most widely used road. This four-lane road passes through two states. With too many towns en route and a long detour near Krishnagiri, it takes a lot of time
» The second route is the Old Madras Road that goes through Kolar and Chittoor. This route is comparatively shorter than the Hosur Road (about 332 km), but it is not preferred for two reasons: One, it is largely a two-lane road and second, it passes through three states, making it a costly route as motorists end up paying multiple entry taxes
» The third route, which passes through Kolar, KGF, V Kota and Vellore, is about 345 km. It passes through the ghat section with sharp hairpin curves, and it is also in poor shape
It will be a world-class road in which motorists can zip at 120 kmph