If everything goes according to plan, the demand for better road connectivity between Mysuru and Bengaluru would soon be a reality. The government has completed acquiring 2,200 acres of land needed for the project and the work on 60-m wide 10-lane expressway project is expected to start by December.
The road journey from Mysuru to Bengaluru which consumes three hours could be reduced to 90 minutes once the expressway is ready. The expressway will cover a distance of 118 km between Pancha Mukhi temple after NICE road in Bengaluru and Columbia Asia hospital junction in Mysuru.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is awaiting clearance from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to begin the project. While the land acquisition is almost complete, only compensation remains to be paid.
After getting the clearance, NHAI is expected to float tender by next month and the work could begin by October. The project will have six bypasses at Bidadi, Ramanagar, Channapattana, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapattana.
There was a constant demand from business fraternity for better infrastructure to boost industrial growth. They had on many occasions termed the lack of connectivity as a major obstacle in the way of city’s growth.
Usually, the NHAI will takes up a project if 90 per cent of the land needed for the purpose is acquired. In this case, since the acquisition is complete, the NHAI is only required to decide the mode of execution.
It is learnt that of the 10-lanes, six lanes in the middle will operate on a toll basis, while the two lanes on either side of the expressway will be service roads. The expressway is expected to cost Rs 3,600 crore excluding Rs 2,300 crore land acquisition costs.
According to the detailed project report by the consultant Secon, the expressway will have an average daily traffic of 60,000 passenger car units. The expressway is expected to give healthy returns to the investor given the rising volume of traffic between the two cities.
Land acquisition, according to officials, was not a problem as the state will pay four times the market value, and the 10-lane development is expected to increase land prices along the expressway.