It will be toll-free on elevated corridors in Bengaluru. The State Government would not be levying toll on the 102-km elevated corridor, which is proposed to come up on six high-density roads in the city.
The State Government is starting the project at the beginning of January 2019 and the first phase will be complete in 2021. The project is being taken up under a public-private partnership(PPP) model. The government has reduced the land acquisition and the cost of the project is around Rs 25,000 crore.
Route of Toll-free elevated corridor
The 102-km elevated corridor includes
Hebbal – Centrla Silk Board Stretch (22-km)
KR Puram – Goraguntepalya stretch (19-km)
Varthur Kodi – Jnanabharathi stretch (24-km)
St John’s Hospital Junction to Agara (4.48-km)
Ulsoor – D’Souza Circle stretch (2.8-km)
Wheeler’s Road junction – Kalyan Nagar (6.46-km) and
Ramamurthy Nagar – ITPL stretch (9.84-km).
The government has cut down the width of the elevated corridor from proposed 6 lanes to 4 lanes to ensure minimal land acquisition.
Toll free elevated corridor – problems
A total of 3281 trees will be felled and 2084 trees will be pruned to build this network of elevated corridors with a length of 102 km.
Acquiring the land for the toll-free elevated project will be a hurdle. The BBMP has not been able to widen a single road in decades as no landowner has accepted the Transferrable Development Rights (TDS) compensation.
The work on the proposed toll-free elevated corridor which connects North-South, East-West and Central parts of Bengaluru will be taken up by the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. (KRDCL)
The land required for this project is 90.1 acres. The roads are designed for a speed of 50-80 km/hr. 40% of the cost will be met by the State Government and 60% by the developer.
Officials connected with this project have been instructed to ensure no legal hurdles and complete transparency.