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Widened Bangalore-Mysore highway to be ready by December

Staff Correspondent

Bangalore-Maddur stretch to be by Dasara


  • Work to be completed ahead of schedule
  • Length of the road has come down by 10 km
  • Travel time cut down by one-and-a-half hours

    MADDUR (MANDYA DISTRICT): The widened Bangalore-Mysore highway will be thrown open to traffic by December.

    Soma Enterprise Ltd., a Hyderabad-based infrastructure development company, which is executing the road-widening work along the 49 km stretch between Maddur and Mysore, on Wednesday declared that the project will be completed by December.

    With the Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna, already making it clear that the 82-km Bangalore-Maddur stretch would be ready by Dasara, the entire 131-km stretch between the two cities will be widened by December.

    The road-widening work, which involved straightening of the curves, has also brought down the length of the road from the existing 141 km by 10 km.

    Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, the director of Soma Enterprise Ltd., Ankineedu Maganti, said the completion of the project would enable people to travel between Bangalore and Mysore in less than two hours.

    "The travel time between Bangalore and Mysore will be reduced to two hours from the present three-and-a-half hours," he said.

    The Rs. 116-crore project, which began in May 2004, was scheduled for completion in May 2006. "But, we have completed the project ahead of schedule," he said. Soma had bagged the contract directly from Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd.

    Traffic density

    The State Government took up the project to widen the road between Bangalore and Mysore in early 2004 when the density of traffic on the highway had become very high, which not only prolonged the journey time, but also contributed to accidents.

    The present density of traffic on the road is estimated to be 18,000 to 20,000 passenger vehicles per day. "With a median in between the widened four-lane highway, which is designed for speeds of 100 km per hour, people can glide into Mysore in two hours," Mr. Maganti said.

    The improved road between Bangalore and Mysore will also have a multiplier effect on Karnataka's economy, besides easing traffic on the stretch.

    Bridges

    More than 400 engineers and workers had been deputed for execution of the highway project, which connects important towns such as Mandya and Srirangapatna.

    The project also involves construction of four major bridges over Lokapavani, Cauvery and Paschimavahini rivers, besides 23 minor bridges, straightening of 19 curves and 22 bus bays.

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