Relief for BIAL: The expressway
They first talked about it in Aug/Sep 2006 – an expressway from Outer Ring Road to the new Airport. I bet the BIAL guys would heave a sigh of relief to hear that this project is close to taking off now. Newspapers have been reporting that it is all clear and the route has been finalized.
# It isn’t 30-35 km long as reported initially, it’s been cut down to 21 km. Find the route map here.
# 6 lanes, not 4 as some said back then. And it is a toll road.
# At times, there was a talk of this being a Rail-cum-Road project. But no signs of Rail there. Two possible reasons for that. 1) BMRCL plans to link the City with Devanahalli airport via a future Metro extension. or, 2) The taxi operators would have ”worked’ to eliminate any competition :)
# Target date for completion is Dec 2008. So be ready for at least 8 months of hardship (April to December) getting to the Airport!
Getting to the point in ORR where this expressway starts would be less of a struggle if they deliver on the promise of completing ORR service roads, and a few flyovers at key intersections. Work on service road seems to be in full swing at places, and ditto with a couple of flyovers. So all in all, nice positive developments on display recently.
Another point for you to ponder. This expressway will be the first quality “radial” road Bangalore would have built. So far, all big road projects have skirted our city. With so many ring roads, there is a need for quality radial roads, at least 4-5 of them, to take us from one ring to another. This road would be the first (assuming there is an interchange planned with PRR) , and NICE’s Link expressway should be the next, if and when that project gets done. We need more.