December 2, 2022

Specific Information Service

CHENNAI: The development of South India’s first greenfield expressway between Chennai and Bengaluru is about to begin inside just a few months. The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) deliberate the challenge as an eight-lane expressway ever because the preliminary feasibility report was ready in 2010. 

However simply months forward of inviting bids for highway building, the expressway was downgraded to a four-lane stretch. The NHAI attributed the choice to the present different Nationwide Freeway between the capitals of the 2 Southern States, and visitors quantity. 

The prevailing 326-km Chennai-Bengaluru bypass highway handles greater than 75,000 autos per day, and can’t maintain extra visitors. Therefore, the eight-lane expressway was proposed to fulfill the rising industrial demand on the stretch and supply quicker connectivity for end-to-end travellers.

The proposed 262-km expressway is meant for autos to journey at 120 kmph, and to scale back the journey distance by 50 km. It’s to start at Hoskote in Karnataka and finish at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu,  passing by means of Palamaner and V Kota in Andhra Pradesh, and Gudiyattam and Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.

NHAI-appointed consultants and some different businesses performed a number of research on the feasibility of the challenge earlier than it was permitted by the Centre. The detailed challenge experiences have been revised accordingly. The quantum of land wanted for the challenge was estimated for an eight-lane expressway. Whereas 817.60 hectares are required in Karnataka for 72 km of the expressway, 918.52 hectares are required in Andhra Pradesh for 85 km, and 833.91 hectares in Tamil Nadu for 106 km.

The choice to scale back the width of the highway was taken contemplating the visitors and different routes between Bengaluru and Chennai, at a gathering held on Might 26 final yr by which the member (initiatives), NHAI, chief common supervisor (technical), regional workplace, Bengaluru and different officers participated, mentioned NHAI.
“It proposed to construct the four-lane expressway extendable to eight lanes. The identical shall be designed in such a means that future widening is possible with none technical situation,” revealed a duplicate of an official doc obtained by Specific by means of RTI.

The NHAI mentioned the expressway could have a depressed median that allows future widening of the highway from the within. The depressed median could have a width of at the least 12 m. “Extra land acquired for the challenge will likely be made accessible within the median. Thus, the highway could be widened in future with none land acquisition,” mentioned an official.

An office-bearer of the State Truckers’ Affiliation mentioned expressways on highly-congested routes ought to have at the least six lanes. “Because the person charge goes to be excessive, the NHAI ought to have deliberate six lanes. With two lanes on either side, its unsafe to function autos at 100 kmph,” he asserted.

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