Roads, Roads and Roads….

– Take a moment and look at the number of news snippets buzzing around roads…

Centre on Wednesday decided to take up a 250 km Ring Road project around Bangalore City to ease traffic congestion.

Demand by the state for providing certain facilities like service roads, construction of overpasses and underpasses on the road linking the new Bangalore International Airport. The state has plans to have a dedicated six-lane road from the city to link the Airport.

In light of inordinate delay in execution of work on NH 48 to link Mangalore port from Hassan, the government has decided to terminate the contract and issue fresh bids.

The government would be preparing DPRS on the 194 km stretch Bijapur-Hospet road and 192 km Kundapur-Goa road…

The on-going elevated corridor work being executed from silk board to link electronic city. The centre is implementing the 14-lane road project including an elevated section on this sector.

Total 670 kms of road development and upgradation was ordered and survey will be taken up on 385 kms of road, proposed by the state government.

Work on intermediate ring road in Bangalore metropolitan region, upgradation of state highways which connect important industrial and tourist places to national highways, early execution of four laning of Bangalore-Kolar-Mulbagal and elevated highway for Bangalore-Nelamangala section of NH 48.

Conversion of 570 kms of intermediate lanes to two lanes and strengthening of recently declared 668 kms of national highways within the state.

State urged the centre to increase annual grants of national highways from Rs 116 crore to RS 225 crore, besides development of Karwar port (second stage) under the national maritime development Programme at a cost of Rs 304 crore.

Roads are becoming symbols of urbanization and growth, I doubt if enough is been done to cater to the mass public transit systems balancing our the congestions on these current and forthcoming Roads…I could recollect the avarage speed on the city roads are dropping to mere 8kms per hour and number of automobiles in the city are multiplying exponentially… Where are all these roads leading us to??

5 Comments so far

  1. sn (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    From bangalore perspective, new roads would mean:
    a) more real estate investment opportunities
    b) more traffic
    c) more accidents
    d) more traffic violations
    e) more ‘opportunities’ for flooding while it rains

  2. silkboard (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    BTW Rajesh, don’t get excited by the ‘announcements’. For example, read the fine print on today’s IRR news (T R Balu’s announcements):

    * NHAI would implement the (IRR) project on the condition that Karnataka should meet the cost of land acquisition.

    So, Rs 2580 crore doesn’t include the cost of around 250 sq-km of land they’d need (a guess = 250 km length x 1) !!

    * The project would be brought before the Union Cabinet for clearance

    So, there is a clearance pending before anything moves!!

    Conceived in 2005, first announced in May 2006. partial-funding announced in 2007 (today), A DPR (detailed project report) expected in January 2008 – exciting pace indeed for IRR (and STRR)!

    HDK is a very savvy media-man. Village halts, janta-darshans, and these announcement frenzies (I guess by buying media-men) tells me that.

  3. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

    I agree with Silkboard..if promises were horses, beggars would ride, is the famous saying!

    But your point is well taken…what are all these roads for? How much more can we burden our infrastructure with automobiles?

  4. Srivathsa (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    It always bothers me that hundreds of crores are spent like this. Shouldn’t village connectivity and/or public transport be a higher priority?

    I think this will happen even if only in 2010. The first talk on the elevated expressway started in 2004/5. It is on road to being a reality in 2008.

    GQ is more or less done. I never could imagine 4-lane highways all over the place.

    Airport will open – if not on April 2 on July 2. I read some new demands to keep HAL Airport open.

    I prefer HDK to Mr.Dharam Singh any day. Bangalore has started turning the corner in the last 12 months. Work on the Metro has started in earnest. Roads have gotten a layer of tar.

    Don’t forget that he was a film producer :)

  5. Indiamusing (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    Despite the fact that the right is not free in DC and it is free in AZ, the overall infrastructure remains uniform and constant. There is a reason behind it. Why should we in India think from a regional perspective and not think about national level standards that are laid down for infrastructure development? It will be foolish not to do that.

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