Chief Secy proposes tunnel to KIA, Bengaluru

The chief minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress government may be firm on sticking with constructing the Rs 1,761 project of constructing a 6.72 Km-long steel flyover from Chalukya Circle to Hebbal flyover, but chief secretary Subhash Chandra Khuntia has an alternative plan up his sleeve to decongest the access to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA). Khuntia has asked both Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) to prepare plans for an alternative road from Nagavara-Bettakote village to connect directly with KIA.

He said it requires a tunnel to connect the alternative road to the airport via Nagavara-Bettakote road. “This approach will however require an underpass/tunnel across the proposed taxi way which will connect with the second runway and the existing runway (at KIA). This in itself should not be a technical challenge, given the fact that such options have been successfully used elsewhere in Amsterdam, Geneva and New Delhi. There may be a costing issue which should be explored at this stage itself,” Khuntia said.

He has written a letter to commissioners of BBMP and BDA to prepare their views and submit a report before him. But both the commissioners are yet to take up the issue. A copy of the letter accessed by Bangalore Mirror says that to decongest the traffic on the current approach to the KIA through Bellary road/NH44, the Bengaluru city police has identified an alternative approach.

This approach will provide access to the KIA from the eastern edge of Bangalore International Airport Area Planning Authority’s (BIAAPA’s) land from state highway-104, which has been proposed as a Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited’s road (Cargo road), with a 90 metres right of way – which means scope for expanding the breadth of the road in the future as permits would be required to develop structures within 90 metres of the proposed road. This road will skirt the aerospace special economic zone, which has a 30-metre-wide road that connects state highway 104.

This approach is expected to take care of much of the traffic from east and south Bengaluru as the traffic can branch off at the outer ring road and travel on the Nagawara-Bettakote village alignment on SH 104 without accessing NH 44 (Bellary Road).

More traffic likely
This would effectively cater to traffic from Electronic city, HSR layout, and Marathahalli and Whitefield areas, which otherwise have to enter the central business district to access Bellary Road/NH 44. With the second runway coming up at KIA, there will be further increase in traffic to and from the international airport, Khuntia said in the letter, while stressing on the significance of developing such an alternative route. Khuntia said: “As the proposed road is essentially for cargo purposes, a view on its width and approach to the cargo area can be reviewed now, in terms of road width and alignment.”

Interestingly, the BBMP, going beyond its jurisdiction in 2008, had spent Rs 122 crore on developing the road, which was never used. The road till Mylanahalli village was widened and property owners even benefited with the transfer of development rights offers. The four-lane 24 km road was connected from Nagawara and Mylanahalli, but was abandoned under pressure from politicians and contractors who wanted all traffic routed through Devanahalli.

However, the existing road which connects Airport (toll road) from Nagawara is around 39 km, while the road suggested by Khuntia (Nagawara-Bettakote village) is around 30 km. The state highway 104, till Hennur-Bagalur Road, is already developed by the BBMP and from there further it needs to be connected till Bettakote village.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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