Peripheral problem nearing an end?

A friend pointed out that ToI carried a story on NICE peripheral road yesterday with an update over what we told you a month ago (the nice long wait). Whether we inspired them or not, doesn’t matter, what matters is – they are reporting something that should lead to a closure:

Supreme Courts on Tuesday transferred the Gottigere lake issue … to Karnataka High Court .. directed the HC to … issue the decision within two months.

So whether they go over the lake or around it, we should have a resolution in 2 months. Thats really good news for long distance Electronics City commuters from west Bangalore who must be enduring a few hours of torturous traffic as they go through the only option available today – silk board junction.

Its not just the commuters, the NICE peripheral road is going to make a few builders happy as well. A few that have come up near Kanakpura road and Banerghatta road intersections have been advertising “7 minutes to Elec City” as their selling point.

NICE road

7 or 10 minutes to EC from Kanakpura road – that is certainly doable. Actually, 2-3 years from now, commuting to Electronics City should get a lot easier. You will have this Peripheral road, the elevated expressway from silk board, and the much talked about BDA’s peripheral road (PRR). There have been talks on and off about a Hi Tech city corridor that will connect Sarjapur Road area to Electronics City. This is a project from S M Krishna’s time, they dusted it off only recently.

Not a dream all this, the projects are all alive and kicking, except the last one I mentioned. So if you see yourself retiring in a job at Elec City, you may want to move closer to a peripheral road :)

6 Comments so far

  1. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 9:39 am

    i am sort of dissapointed that the SC didnot wind this nonsense up already one way or the other and instead passed the buck to HC to resolve in atleast two months. gottigere has become a farce. a few months ago VT reported about a babu whos devlopment had come in the way, complete with aerial pics and maps. meanwhile, figure this one out, BMIC was the only co to tender on gottigere in LDA’s lake redevelopment project.
    Saldhana & heblikar are now clearly fighting for phyrric wins over gottigere.

    i agree with your estimates, mid to late 2008 should see a change in traffic congestion in So Blore.

  2. M O H A N (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

    Am just keeping my fingers crossed for a peacefull journey on these roads. Its hell currently.

  3. Srivathsa (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 8:06 am


    Will hopefully put an end to the NICE saga.

    How is progress on the elevated road to E City? Can you put an update up every month or so on this? Will help people like me know what’s happening. According to TOI, it is on track.

    My biggest worry would be the pile up at Madivala going towards the city. This looks like a real future bottleneck . Some serious debottlenecking will have to be done here before the motorway is thrown open.

    Have seen this sort of thing in Bangkok. There is a 100 km elevated motorway (true!!!) from bangkok to Chonburi. This is the motorway that I use when I visit the P&G plant (on work) which is about 60 km from Bangkok.

    On the way back, it takes about 25 minutes to cover the first 55km – the taxi is literally flying at about 140kmph and you will find the occasional Beemer roaring past probably doing 200kmph (we have a lot to learn from the way the Thais drive – never hear them honk or straddle lanes) – and then it takes 45 minutes or so to cover the next 5 km. Average speed – 60kmph.


  4. silkboard (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    Yep Srivathsa. Post the 8 kn elevated road, vehicles will end up at silk board at rather rapid rate. 3 ways to go from here, ORR right, ORR left or straight. except ORR right, other two stay jammed as it is. Imagine what it will be once the elevated road is ready.

    Unless the peripheral roads take people away towards Banerghatta road, this elevated road is going to create evening time nightmares at silk board.

  5. scarlet (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

    The Babu wants his land preserved, the environmentalists want the lake preserved, everyone wants the road to be complete, The govt wants the road to fly over the lake and the road builders want to skirt the lake. Given this situation the best solution is tunnelling under the lake. But I am sure the judiciary will not be able to come up with such ideas here, they will screw it up like they did with cauvery.

  6. silkboard (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    Hehe, that covered all the angles Scarlet! By the time they will come to a resolution, the lake would have disappeared (dried up). I think it already has.

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