Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today (Jun 20) lay the foundation stone for Bengaluru Satellite Township Ring Road (STRR).
Being developed by the National Highway Authority Of India, the 28o km Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) will connect 12 important towns around Bengaluru including Dobbasapete, Doddaballapura, Devanahalli, Sulibele, Hoskote, Sarjapura, Attibele, Anekal, Tattekere, Kanakapura, Ramanagaram and Magadi.
STRR will comprise a network of both national highway and state highway corridors. The project is envisaged to ease traffic congestion in Bengaluru city by providing a bypass for freight traffic, so that heavy vehicles can move along the peripheries of Bengaluru without entering it.
Though originally proposed in 2005, the STRR greenfield expressway project gained momentum after Modi government announced that the funding and execution will be undertaken under Bharatmala Pariyojna project. The project is expected to cost Rs 15,000 crores. While the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) funding 60 percent of the project cost, the State governments of Karnataka will fund the remaining corpus (mostly towards land acquisition)
STRR is being built in 3 parallel phases and involves construction of NH-948A and realignment of existing NH-648 (old NH-207).
To manage the development of STRR, the Karnataka government set up a planning authority called Satellite Town Ring Road Planning Authority in 2016. The STRRPA’s jurisdiction includes a planning area of1019 sq km. It will include 331villages and 12 towns that will be connected.
80 km Dobaspet – Doddaballapur - Hoskote section of the project is already under construction. NHAI awarded the 80 km stretch as two packages. Shankaranarayana Constructions (SNC) and Dilip Buildcon (DBL) are executing one package each
SNC is currently developing the 42-km Dobaspet – Doddaballapur section at a cost of Rs 1,350 crore that includes a 2.5 km-long flyover in Doddaballapur.
Dilip Buildcon is four-laning of 38 km stretch between Dodaballapur bypass and Hoskote section. The company was awarded the project for Rs 1,278 crore under hybrid annuity mode (HAM) mode.
In another boost to the (STRR) project, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) gave the environment clearance for the 79 km stretch of the project between Ramanagar - Magadi-Dobaspet.
Bengaluru has been attempting to complete several large ring road projects to improve its city-region connectivity and alleviate traffic congestion.
A Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) is also being planned as a 73.50-km stretch with a 100 metre-wide road. On completion it will connect Tumakuru in and Hosur roads, via Hessaraghatta Road, Doddaballapur Road, Ballari Road, Hennur Road, Old Madras Road, Hoskote Road and Sarjapur Road. Along with NICE Road, which links Tumakuru Road and Hosur Road via the city’s northwestern, western and southwestern areas, Bengaluru will have a 116-km-long bypass on its periphery.
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