track all the news releted to National Highway 275 between Bangalore-Mysore-Madikeri-Bantwal :cheers:
cross postingNew National Highways for Karnataka - Gazeete Notification
New Delhi, the 4th March, 2014
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of Section 2 of the National Highways Act, 1956 (48 of 1956) (hereinafter referr
ed to as the said Act), the Central Government here by declares each of the highways specified in the colu
mn (3) of the Table below to be a national highway,as specified in the corresponding column (2) thereof.
The highways, now declared to be national highways by this notification, shall be deemed to be inserted
in the Schedule to the said Act with the new serial numbers, the new national highways numbers and the description of the national highways thereof, as in dicated in columns (1), (2) and (3) respectively, of the Table
New National Highway No.275 ==> The highway starting from its junction with NH-75 near Bantwala connecting Puttur, Sulya, Madikeri, Priyapatna Mysuru, Srirang apattana, Mandya, Channapatnam, Ramanagaram and terminating at its junction with new NH No. 75 on Bengaluru in the State of Karnataka.
The State government has recently urged the Union Surface Transport ministry to initiate steps to take up its proposal to upgrade the Bangalore-Mysore as a national highway to smoothen the traffic flow.
PWD minister H C Mahadevappa submitted the proposal to the Union Minister for Surface Transport Oscar Fernandes in New Delhi and urged him to accord in-principle approval to it so as to commence the process of implementation.
The State government has proposed to upgrade the highway, by converting it into either six or eight lane road, in view of increase in traffic density on the route.
PWD Chief Engineer (National Highways) C Mruthyunjaya Swamy said the Centre has assured to take necessary steps.
The Union Surface Transport ministry has been urged to appoint a consultant, immediately after according in-principle approval, so that feasibility report can be prepared.
The State government has also provided traffic density data to the Centre to corroborate its stand on the need for upgrading the highway.
However, sources said, the Union Surface Transport ministry is unlikely to take any decision on the proposal until the new government assumes charge after May 16 – the day of counting of votes for the ongoing general elections.
The Chief Engineer further said the State government has requested to take up the project on public-private partnership basis.
The government has said it is ready to shoulder the responsibility of land acquisition and utility shifting.
“We have requested the centre for capacity augmentation of the route. Augmentation can be six-laning or eight-laning or construction of bypass roads and elevated roads at key traffic junctions,” he added.
Decision on what kind of upgrading should be done will be taken after going through the feasibility report.
If implemented under PPP basis, Bangalore-Mysore will in all probability become a toll road.
Established biz across the small towns on the stretch may derail project; acquisition cost pegged at Rs 1,066 crore
Like Mumbai-Pune and Ahmedabad-Vadodara, the Bangalore-Mysore Road (earlier State Highway 17, now part of National Highway 275) is equally congested as thousands travel between these two cities every day. Even then, both Mumbai-Pune and Ahmedabad-Vadodara roads boast of expressways, which is lacking in the case of the Bangalore-Mysore Road.
With the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project yet to take off, the existing four-lane road is grossly insufficient. Since the state government has plans to widen it into a six-lane one with flyovers and bypasses to every town en route, it's feared that the real estate mafia may throw a spanner in the works. The six-laning is proposed to start from Jnanabharati Gate (Bangalore University) till Mysore and is expected to significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities.
The state Public Works Department (PWD) — which has estimated an acquisition of 533 acres to complete the project — fears that the mafia may block the acquisition process. As the road passes through the towns of Kengeri, Bidadi, Ramanagar, Channapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna before touching the heritage city, the required land may turn out to be a mirage. An official said, "If you travel on the stretch, you can see how big buildings and business establishments are coming up on either side of the road. These buildings are owned by high-profile politicians, businessmen, and realtors who may pressurise the government to halt the project, if not delay it. The market value to acquire these lands is being worked out at Rs 2 crore per acre at an estimated Rs 1,066 crore, while the entire project cost is pegged at Rs 1,881 crore if the project kicks off in time."
CENTRE MAY BE ROPED IN
The officials point out that the land acquisition had also hit the track doubling work between Bangalore and Mysore. A source said that with the Bangalore-Mysore-Madikeri-Bantwal (Dakshina Kannada district) Road now being officially declared as NH 275, the project may be handled by the Centre as land acquisition may be easy.
PWD minister HC Mahadevappa may visit New Delhi to further press for the project. An NHAI official said, "The concessionaires were not coming forward to take up the project due to toll-related issues. We had planned to four-lane the Bangalore-Kanakapura Road (NH 209). Despite us calling for tenders thrice, no concessionaire came forward. If the Mysore Road too sees a repeat in the wake of the KIA Road toll hike controversy, NHAI may be forced to go for the EPC (engineering procurement construction) model, where the government will fund the project and collect the toll."
Bangaloreans can also take the Kanakapura Road (NH 209) to Malavalli, and then to Mysore. Though the twolane road between Bangalore and Malavalli is in a fairly good condition, the road thereafter to Mysore is in a sorry state, forcing motorists to prefer NH 275, thus increasing the congestion.
A new controversy is brewing in Mandya, in the fertile Cauvery belt. This time it is over expansion plans of the present four-lane road from Bengaluru to Mysore, to a six-lane, expensive, tolled road. Sources in the government told this paper that a detailed project report has already been drawn up and soon the state government and NHAI will issue tenders for the six-lane highway. It seems like the Siddaramaiah-led government hurried through the gazette notification just before the elections, and converted state highway SH-17 into National Highway-275, connecting Bengaluru-Ramanagaram-Mandya-Mysore-Madikeri and terminating at Bantwal.
In a matter of a few months, the entire process was completed, with the Union ministry of surface road transport expediting it at lightning speed. The Mysore-Bengaluru road is currently a national highway and not SH-17 any more, Not many, even government officials, are aware of the fact. “The plan is to make a tolled national highway from the city to Bantwal, put up elevated roads in towns like Ramanagaram, Channapatna and Srirangapatna, and build bypasses for Maddur and Mandya. Around Rs 3,000 crore will have to be shelled out and over 600 acres of prime land and agricultural land all along the highway and for the Greenfield bypass will have to be acquired. Toll booths will be situated every 30 to 35 km,’’ PWD sources told this paper.
Landowners in Mandya are already up in arms against the move. They have protested and blocked the highway for over an hour on Friday. Later, they met Mandya DC, district in-charge minister Ambareesh and PWD minister Mahadevprasad and submitted a memorandum. They also alleged that fertile land will be lost and hundreds of families will lose their homes and livelihood. Mr Nanjundaswamy, who is active in the campaign, said that the contractor lobby was behind the project. ``What is the need to expand? They can put up elevated roads in towns and collect toll only for that stretch. This whole move to convert it to National Highway and bypasses is a money-spinner. When they don’t have money to run the government, what is the need to have a grand plan at Rs 3,000 crore? Innocent farmers are being victimised. We will not allow this to happen,’’ he said.
Once the project is completed, commuters will have to cough up anywhere between Rs 250 and Rs 400 to travel between Bengaluru and Mysore, and there will be no free road any more to Mysore.
“There should be an alternative toll-free road. At this rate, the entire state will be under the grip of contractors who will squeeze out money from people. The imposition of toll on the Devanahalli Road, leading to the international airport is an example. The belt between Bangalore and Mysore is the most fertile and densely cultivated region – it’s called the food bowl of the state of Karnataka. By imposing a toll road between these cities, purportedly to help commuters of the two cities, will directly impact agricultural production and the cost of production and distribution in this region,’’ sources said.
Government removes 28 humps on the stretch; promises to remove the remaining 58
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Considering the traffic on Bangalore-Mysore State Highway No 17, the State government has decided to upgrade it to a six-lane highway from a four-lane one. The Union Ministry of Surface Transport has approved upgrading 1,680 km of State Highway into National Highway in the State.
Addressing presspersons after a meeting with Chief Minster Siddaramaiah here on Tuesday, Minister for Public Works H.C. Mahadevappa said that he was leaving here for New Delhi to obtain permission for taking up the work.
Mr. Mahadevappa said that the density of vehicles plying on Bangalore-Mysore Highway had increased from 38,000 Passenger Car Units (PCUs) in 2007 to 78,000 PCUs now.
Following the clearance by the Union Minister of Surface Transport to upgrade 1,680 km stretch of State Highway in the State, the government had decided to convert the 130-km Bangalore-Mysore four-lane highway, developed by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited in 2004, into a six-lane highway, he said.
Noting that land acquisition for the upgrade was a challenge, he said that the government had to spend Rs. 1,066 crore for acquiring 533 acres of land as per the recent guidelines of the Union government. “The cost of the project was estimated at Rs. 3,000 crore,” he added.
By-pass roads would be built at Bidadi, Ramanagaram, Channapatna, Maddur and Mandya, where the density of vehicles was high. As part of the upgrade, there would be a grade separator near Srirangapatna, he said.
Minister H.C. Mahadevappa says he is leaving here for New Delhi to get permission to take up the work
Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa on Tuesday left for New Delhi to discuss a proposal for six-laning of Bangalore-Mysore highway with Union Minister for Surface Transport Oscar Fernandes.
He will also meet officials of the National Highways Authority of India.
Speaking to reporters after a brief discussion with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Mahadevappa said the six laning of Bangalore-Mysore highway had become inevitable as the traffic density on the 137-km stretch had doubled during the last few years.
The traffic density on the road has now doubled to 70,000 passenger car units (PCU) from 35,000 PCU a few years ago, the minister said.
Union Minister for Transport, Road and Highways Oscar Fernandes has convened a high-level meeting in New Delhi on Monday to discuss the six-lane National Highway project between Bangalore and Mysore, which will be taken up at a cost of `3,000 crore.
Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa, who met Oscar in the national capital on Wednesday, told Express on Thursday that a meeting with officials of the Union Ministry of Surface Transport would take place on Monday.
“We are optimistic of getting clearance for this project, which will be taken up under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model,” he said.
Giving details about the project, Mahadevappa said initially 553 acres of land was required for the mentioned project which would come along the existing two-way lane on Bangalore-Mysore Road.
Though, land acquisition would be a problem in irrigated areas of Mandya, Maddur, Ramanagaram and Channapatna, the government is optimistic of getting the required land by offering higher prices for those who give up their lands.
According to the recent Land Acquisition Act passed by the Centre, the State government is expected to pay double the market price for land in towns and four times in rural areas.
The land acquisition itself is expected to cost around `1,200 crore. The State government would send a request to the Centre to bear the cost of land acquisition, he said.
Mahadevappa said the project would be taken up on a PPP model since it would be difficult for the government to fund the entire project. He said the State government has got a Detailed Project Report ready from the KRDCL even before the Centre decided to upgrade Bangalore-Mysore Road as a National Highway.
‘Flyovers at critical junctions the need of the hour’
The Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP) has said the State government’s decision to convert the Bangalore-Mysore highway into a six-lane road may not be a solution to reduce the commuting time, and the need of the hour was flyovers at critical junctions.
It also called for straightening the existing highway which has too many curves. In a release, R. Chandra Prakash, president, MGP, said the proposed move to upgrade the Bangalore-Mysore highway to a six-lane road reflects its “typical ostrich-like approach to important issues”.
“But it is obvious from this proposal that the government is oblivious to the problems of this highway. How will the public benefit by such upgrades when the problems have not been understood?” Mr. Prakash said. He said the road was widened from two to four lane a few years ago, but that has not decreased the travel time between the two cities and on occasions the time taken is longer than what it used to be prior to four-laning of the road.
The MGP has said that every bypass along the highway has been encroached by commercial establishments which forces vehicles to slow down.
“The examples are Maddur, Channapatana, Ramnagaram, Bidadi, and Kengeri. There are more than 70 speed bumps between the two cities. If the bumps are necessary, they should have been at junctions of cross roads to prevent sudden entry of vehicles onto the highway. Congestion at the entry points of Bangalore, starting from Nayandanahalli and at BHEL factory, adds to the delay,” said the release. Mr. Prakash said inadequacy of trains on the Bangalore-Mysore route compared to the demand has increased the number of buses plying between the two cities, which has added to the problem.
Further, Mr. Prakash said, instances of blocking the highway adds to the delay. Hence, widening the road will not resolve any of the problems.
Hence, the MGP has suggested flyovers at all those bypass roads. It has cited the examples of flyovers enroute to the Bangalore airport and said this has helped in smooth flow of traffic.
http://www.starofmysore.com/main.asp?type=news&item=40118Mangalore, May 2 - After approving the proposal for developing the existing four-lane road between Bangalore and Mysore into a six-lane road, the Surface Transport Ministry is said to have given its nod for development of Bangalore-Mysore-Buntwal road into a National Highway.
The six-laning of the road will have provision for running of Bullet trains between the two cities besides making payment of toll mandatory for those using the road. As per plan, toll gates would be set up (one at at a distance of 10 km from the junction of NICE road, the other at the junction of Mysore-Bangalore road between Shettahalli and Srirangapatna).
The Ministry is also said to have given its nod for conversion of the road between Yelwal and Srirangapatna into a two-way road besides approving several proposals aimed at avoiding traffic congestions at tourist spots and reduction of travel time between the two major cities of the State.
The first stage of the proposed uprgadation works will be taken up from the NICE road junction near Vokkaliga Mahasamsthana to the uotskirts of Mysore.
As already announced, grid separators would be built at Ramanagar, Chennapatna, Maddur, Mandya by-pass road, Dodda Aladamara junction, Wonder-La, Nagamangala Junctions.
http://www.newindianexpress.com/sta...-Rd-From-June-7/2014/05/31/article2255435.eceSolar Blinkers to Replace Humps Soon
Mysore: Travelling is going to be more commuter-friendly if the government keeps its promise to remove humps on the busy Bangalore-Mysore road. If implemented, this may reduce travelling time and save lives. PWD Minister H C Mahadevappa said there are around 137 road humps — one every 800 metres. Officials of National Highways are studying the need for humps and will come out with a solution soon, he added. National Highways chief engineer Murthunjaya Swamy said many of the humps will be replaced with solar blinkers. However, cross roads will have humps and the unauthorised maidan will be closed, he added.
Minister for Public Works H C Mahadevappa on Monday said the upgradation of Bangalore-Mysore Road will be taken up expeditiously.
He said steps will be taken to decongest traffic on the road, especially at Bidadi junction. He was addressing members of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI).
“There are more than 135 road humps between Bangalore and Mysore. Two hundred deaths are being reported in this stretch every year. An agency has already been assigned for the project,” he said.
“I have also convened a meeting with senior police officials, IGPs, four SPs, in order to discuss traffic issues on this stretch,” he said.
Mahadevappa said his department will soon launch a website for public interaction on the condition of the roads in the State. He said the website will be up and running in another 10-15 days. “Since building safe roads is important for development, the department intends to launch an online road information system. The nature and condition of the important roads in the state will be uploaded,” he said.
He said that the government has already taken decision to upgrade about 40 per cent of the roads into national highways. He also said tenders are being invited for the Bidar-Chamarajanagar road work.
“We are preparing a detailed project report, including possible townships. This will be the second longest national highway connectivity in the country. I have held meetings at all the districts in this regard,” he said.
Mahadevappa said work to lay concrete road at 21-km core stretch at Shiradi Ghat will commence at the end of monsoon. He also said the four-lane project between Bangalore and Kanakapura (35- km stretch) and two-lane from Kanakapura-Malavalli till Dindigul have been approved.
Tenders have been called for appointing private consultants to undertake a feasibility study for construction of an eight or a six lane road between Bangalore and Mysore.
"A decision on the exact number of lanes will be taken based on the report to be submitted by the private consultant," Public Works Minister H C Mahadevappa informed the Karnataka Legislative Council on Tuesday.
He also informed that process for acquisition of land for the project will be initiated once the Surface Transport Ministry gives its approval.
He further stated that the UPA government had declared 1,668 kilo metres as national highway adding to the existing 4,480 km national highway.