On Wednesday, February 9, the state cabinet meeting in Vidhana Soudha, convened by way of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, approved the Peripheral Ring Road (9PRR) project for Bengaluru.
The cabinet also served as an administrative hub for inviting international bidders for the seventy-one-kilometer project.Peripheral Ring Road, which is envisioned as an eight-lane bypass connecting Tumakuru Road and Hosur Road, has received cabinet approval and is ready to go. Because of land acquisition and price escalation concerns, the project has been stuck on the drawing board for years.
The project’s final legal hurdle was overcome in November 2021, when the Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government and the Bangalore Development Authority to collect land for the Peripheral Ring Road’s construction and to enforce the commitment.The SC approved the undertaking to proceed after hearing testimony from the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka, Urban Development Department, Bengaluru.
The authorities contended in the affidavit that, given Bengaluru’s large geographical expansion to a modern spread of 2196 sq km and explosive growth in automotive ownership (2019 projection – over eighty lakhs), the Peripheral Ring Road was needed (PRR).
The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) is a 73.50-kilometer stretch of road with a one-hundred-meter-wide street. Hessaraghatta Road, Doddaballapur Road, Ballari Road, Hennur Road, Old Madras Road, Hoskote Road, and Sarjapur Road would connect Tumakuru and Hosur roads once completed. Bengaluru may have a 116-km-long skip on its boundary, thanks to NICE Road, which connects Tumakuru Road and Hosur Road across the town’s northwestern, western, and southwestern districts.The project could be developed as a public-private collaboration in terms of layout, construction, financing, function, and switch (PPP-DBFOT). The cabinet also decided that the current concessionaire would be awarded an agreement to construct and maintain the proposed ring road for a fifty-year rent period, after which it would be switched to another contractor.
The Special Purpose Vehicle has been registered as a business enterprise in response to a request by Bengaluru PRR Development Corporation Ltd to fund, execute, and operate a project.He stated that the current concessionaire may be asked to pay a portion of the land acquisition price in advance, which is expected to be over 15,000 crores. The total acreage required for the project maybe a little more than 2500 acres, including 1,810 acres that were initially notified.Tumakuru Road to Ballari Road-the street that connects KempegowdaInternational Airport, Tumakuru Road to Old Madras Road, and Old Madras Road to Hosur Road are three possible packages for the project.
According to the Hindu, BDA chairman S.R. Vishwanath stated that property might be provided at the PRR alignment’s median to accommodate future metro networks. He stated that helipads for air-ambulance services may be built in six identified locations, as well as charging stations for electric vehicles at strategic locations. On both sides of the street, boulevards might be built to improve the stretch. The BDA will allow the construction of high-upward-push structures near PRR to provide an incentive for the formation of tech hubs.
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