Work on elevated expressway to start next month, The project will be completed in 30 months

February 20, 2006

The stage is set for work on the nine km Bangalore-Electronic City Elevated Toll Expressway Project to start next month. The Rs. 765-crore project, to be implemented by the Consortium of Soma Enterprises Limited, Nagarjuna Construction Company and Maytas Infra Private Limited, will be completed in 30 months.

The consortium members on Friday announced that they were awarded the contract for the construction of the project on the Bangalore-Hosur section of Hosur Road (from km 9.5 to km 18.5) on a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The Public Private Partnership project was awarded on a negative grant of Rs. 16 crores, they said.

The consortium will operate the expressway for a period of 20 years. Bangalore Elevated Tollway Limited is the special purpose vehicle formed for this project.

The expressway will be an access-controlled, elevated four-lane road from Silk Board junction to Electronic City (including interchange) on Hosur Road. NHAI has proposed to widen the existing four-lane section between Electronic City and the Tamil Nadu border (km 33.2) to six lanes.

The concession period of 20 years (ending July 2026) for the project would include the implementation period of 24 months and pre-construction period of six months.

The project would include widening of the existing carriageway to achieve a minimum 8.75-metre width on either side beyond the space required for construction of the elevated section; construction of missing length of two-lane service roads (approximately 10 km); improvement-widening and strengthening-of the existing service roads to two lanes on either side; construction of longitudinal RCC covered drains; widening of the main carriageway and service roads and construction of four pedestrian subways by box pushing technique.

Beyond the Electronic City junction (from km 18.8 to km 33), the project consortium will construct two vehicular underpasses by box pushing technique.

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