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Bangalore-Chennai Expressway design study completed

No Comments Sub Category:Miscellaneous,Real Estate Posted On: Jul 03, 2013

Bangalore-Chennai ExpresswayThe Bengaluru Chennai expressway design study is completed. The length of the expressway is 260 kms has seen significant progress in the past few months. The preliminary design report was submitted in March 2013. This six lane project is a part of the 1,000 km expressway pan under Phase VI of the National Highways development programme. Currently the land acquisation and environmental clearance are under progress.

The expressway will start at Hoskote near Bangalore and finishes at Sriperumbudur near Chennai. There are already existing roads connecting the two state which are longer than the proposed expressway. The alignment of the greenfield expressway passes through three states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. All the higher authorities helped to finalise the alignment in their respective states.

The corridor passes through five important business hubs Hoskote and Bangarpet in Karnataka, Palamaner and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. Out of the total length of the proposed corridor, 14 percent falls in mountainous terrain, 19 percent in plain terrain and the remaining 67 percent falls in rolling type of terrain. The alignment also passes through many irrigation wells, canals, water bodies and tanks.

Estimated cost of the project:

The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 76.83 billion. Out of which Rs 57.1 billion is expected to be incurred on civic construction activity and the remaining amount will be required for land acquisition, project administration, toll collection system, traffic control system, vehicles and other activities.

The cost for land acquisition is estimated at about Rs 6 million. The project does not required any equity support or financial grant from the government as the project is financially viable when the toll charges are 1.5 times the existing rates on the national highway.

But once the new land acquisition bill is passed by Parliament, NHAI will find it difficulty to acquire land and implement the expressway project. Other issues related with the implementation of the project includes documentation and institutional capacity.

It is expected that land acquisition is likely to be smooth process as the three states have all evinced interest in the project.

The expressway has been prepared based on the guidelines of expressway published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in April 2010.

Some of the key design aspects are :

1) Right of way spread on a sprawling expanse of 90 meters

2) Lane width of 3.75 meters, and paved and earthen shoulder widthof 3 metres and 1.5 meters respectively.

3) Median width of 4.5 metres minimum and 12 metres maximum with 0.75 metres edge strip

The expressway will have five main interchanges at zero kilometers. Key amenities provided on the expressway includes truck lay bys, traffic safety devices, provision of guard rail, signage, traffic management systems, vehicular underpasses and pedestrian or cattle underpasses.

Proposed Toll Rates on the Bengaluru Chennai expressway:

1) Re 0.65 per km for cars, light weighted vehicles and jeep

2) They are charging Rs 1.05 for large goods vehicles and Minibus

3) Rs 2.20 for bus and trucks

4) Three- axle trucks will have to pay Rs 2.40 as toll charge.

5) Rs 3.45 per km toll rates for multi axle trucks.

6) For over sized vehilce over seven axles will have to pay Rs 4.20 as toll.

These toll rates are much cheaper than the toll charges on the Yammuna Expressway

 

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