Chennai-B’luru expressway downgraded as a consequence of site visitors, various road- The New Indian Categorical


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CHENNAI: The development of South India’s first greenfield expressway between Chennai and Bengaluru is ready to start inside a couple of months. The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) deliberate the venture as an eight-lane expressway ever for the reason that preliminary feasibility report was ready in 2010. 

However simply months forward of inviting bids for street building, the expressway was downgraded to a four-lane stretch. The NHAI attributed the choice to the prevailing various Nationwide Freeway between the capitals of the 2 Southern States, and site visitors quantity. 

The prevailing 326-km Chennai-Bengaluru bypass street handles greater than 75,000 autos per day, and can’t maintain further site visitors. Therefore, the eight-lane expressway was proposed to fulfill the rising industrial demand on the stretch and supply sooner connectivity for end-to-end travellers.

The proposed 262-km expressway is meant for autos to journey at 120 kmph, and to scale back the journey distance by 50 km. It’s to start at Hoskote in Karnataka and finish at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu,  passing by means of Palamaner and V Kota in Andhra Pradesh, and Gudiyattam and Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.

NHAI-appointed consultants and some different businesses carried out a number of research on the feasibility of the venture earlier than it was authorized by the Centre. The detailed venture experiences had been revised accordingly. The quantum of land wanted for the venture was estimated for an eight-lane expressway. Whereas 817.60 hectares are required in Karnataka for 72 km of the expressway, 918.52 hectares are required in Andhra Pradesh for 85 km, and 833.91 hectares in Tamil Nadu for 106 km.

The choice to scale back the width of the street was taken contemplating the site visitors and different routes between Bengaluru and Chennai, at a gathering held on Could 26 final yr through which the member (tasks), NHAI, chief normal supervisor (technical), regional workplace, Bengaluru and different officers participated, mentioned NHAI.
“It proposed to construct the four-lane expressway extendable to eight lanes. The identical shall be designed in such a method that future widening is possible with none technical difficulty,” revealed a replica of an official doc obtained by Categorical by means of RTI.

The NHAI mentioned the expressway can have a depressed median that allows future widening of the street from the within. The depressed median can have a width of not less than 12 m. “Further land acquired for the venture shall be made out there within the median. Thus, the street will be widened in future with none land acquisition,” mentioned an official.

An office-bearer of the State Truckers’ Affiliation mentioned expressways on highly-congested routes ought to have not less than six lanes. “Because the consumer charge goes to be excessive, the NHAI ought to have deliberate six lanes. With two lanes on all sides, its unsafe to function autos at 100 kmph,” he asserted.


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