Relief for BIAL: The expressway

BIAL LogoThey 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.

25 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    I believe that it will be toll road? If yes, I think its a positive sign that the future is also being thought of!

  2. wow (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    sounds gr8

  3. virender kumar bhandari` (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:10 pm


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  4. psj (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

    Anyone has any idea where on ORR the expressway starts from?The map is too blurred to find out anything.

  5. bhu-mafia (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Now the rates of the land nearby the Expressway will start getting sky-rocketing, and all the big Bhu-mafia will start making offices and apartments near the road, even before traffic commenses on the road.

    So lets Enjoy more and more Tree Cut on the name of development.

    6 lane is ok, but is the Govt. planning to put some tree’s on this road, to keep this green city a green-city

    See the differnece in climate in last 5 years, how good it was 5 years back, the sun didn;t use to pinch like the way it does now.
    Very soon we will cross the temp. limit of 40 and may be 44 if this deelopment rate continues.

  6. silkboard (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 5:10 pm

    BHU-Mafia, actually, they do care about the trees. You must have read about that tunnel road project they announced recently. One of the reasons they chose to take the “pataal” route was because doing the same on land would have lead to cutting of 700 odd trees (unsure of exact #).

    Ravi, thanks for reminding, yes toll road they say. updated the post.

    PSJ, there is a better image elsewhere, will post a link if I remember. The point on ORR is near Horamavu, about 4-5 kms before Hebbal flyover if you are going from KR Puram side.

  7. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 7:46 pm

    i like your id. bhoo-mafia.

    from what i read about alignment and access details about this road, it is not a corridor, in that it will not have too many access points north of horamavu. so it might not benefit neighbouring communities. but bhoomafia will surely jack prices on its account.

    pranav, is the bellary road north of hebbal now uniformly 6 lanes?

  8. Srivathsa (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    I hope it is access controlled and no development is allowed on either side for about 50m. Else it will reach the same fate as the ring roads.

    It’s going to be a heck of a long way from Electronics City and South Bangalore to the airport.

    Hope they plan trees as well on either side to add some green cover.

  9. Christopher (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    I think the BIAL expressway will start from Chalakere which is in Horamavu limits. This is between the Horamavu/Banaswadi signal and Kalyan Nagar signal on ORR.

  10. psj (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    I stay in Horamavu..From what i know the old route was through Horamavu..but the new one is some where closer to Hebbal Flyover.

  11. silkboard (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    Guys, the route map on BMRDA site seems to be a scan of a bigger image. I have seen the huge original image somewhere, still looking for it. That should give us the exact point. PSJ, since you stay in the area, you’d should anyway get to know in a month.

  12. psj (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2007 @ 12:26 pm
  13. indore (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    You people are openingin expressway only in Bangalore, don;t be so selfish, go and open one in INDORE also.
    Yes you got the city risght INDORE which is seen becoming the next fechnology and education hub of INDIA.

  14. indore (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 1:54 pm

    Oh sorry its not fecnology its technology

  15. hey (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

    Indore will become Technology/Fechnology hub only when you improve your English skills.

    See how many speling mistake you have done in your wirteup:
    seen: soon
    openingin : opening
    don;t: don’t
    risght : right
    fechnology : Technology (Forgiven)

    On tpo Grammer mistake also

  16. indore (unregistered) on March 23rd, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

    Don;t go on my spelling mistake, try to understand the essence, I type fast so typing mistakes are bound to happen.
    I don;t know typing but type with only 2 fingers that is why I have so many typing mistakes.

    But once again I am re-iteriating that we want one Express Highway for INDORE city also, hope you are listening and going to implement in the near future.

    Thanks in advance for this favour.

  17. silkboard (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 11:21 am

    PSJ, yes – that is the image I was talking about, I think it is/was there on BIAAPA site. But you know what, that may be the old lengthier route. I am not so sure if there is any authentic image of new 21 km route available on any site.

    Mr Hey, make hay while the sun shines. But not for long. These small cities will do well with time. If you are smart, you will agree that Indore/Pune etc doing well is good for Bangalore in the long run. When we cant manage all that growth well, let us spread it around within our state/country. Moreover, the pie is big enough for all cities to grow.

    Indore, never mind your typos. I do keep hearing good things about Indore. Hope the city picks up some IT/ITes businesses. I heard Sun Micro setup a center there in partnership with WIPRO, is that right?

  18. fly_bangalore (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 8:33 am

    The revised diagram of the upcomming expressway is on BMRDA site. Tenders are presently ongoing and the road construction expected to begin by this September and completed in one year. Expect a lot of development along the route inspite of it being a access controlled highway.

  19. silkboard (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    fly_bangalore, where on BMRDA site is that image? Are you syaing that the link I mentioned in the original post (image on BMRDA site) is the latest one? If yes, then the image PSJ mentioned in a comment here is the same one.

    Talking of real estate development, I suspect PRR /BIAL expressway interchange could turn into a hot location.

  20. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

    check this

    i had not checked this carefully earlier. but it is intresting that this road does NOT end on NH7 but on what appears to be the main access road of BIAL.

    btw does any one know anything about the median space on this road?

  21. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 7:15 pm
  22. Christopher (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    So it is Chalakere then. I wonder why the village is not mentioned in the map. This place used to be in the news before because of the Arkavathy layout. I wonder whatever happens to the layout after this.

  23. silkboard (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the links Tarle. Doesn’t matter where it ends right now. I think the plan is to extend this to STRR (the biggest ring of all). That will take this expressway beyond NH7, isn’t it?

  24. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 11:22 pm


    if it ended on the already heavily trafficed NH7 then the point of intersection would be a bottle neck. defeating the purpose of this road. design of trumpet will have to be revisited.

    to see how this is thought of as in relation to STRR and other rings see this..

  25. silkboard (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    @ Tarle, that way yes. there may be separate ramps from NH7 and this expway to the airport entry road.

    Yes, saw that image. Was searching for the large sized original of that. It used to be on BMRDA or BIAAPA site, cant find them now.

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