The contentious 102 km-long elevated corridor project in Bangalore received the approval of the State in November 2018. The plan, which was conceptualised almost 12 years ago, is aimed at addressing the city’s escalating menace of vehicles and traffic congestion. However, the environmental authorities have raised concerns regarding its adverse ecological impact.
Since the day of its conception, the elevated corridor project has met with a lot of scepticism. While those favouring the project strongly affirm that the construction of the corridor along with the long-planned Peripheral Ring Road is the answer to the augmenting traffic woes, the constant protests of the activists suggest elsewise.
Listed below are some of the quick facts about the project:
Length of the Project: The entire project will span across a length of 102 km and will have six corridors in total - three main and three connecting ones. Each corridor comprises of four to six lanes, which will facilitate the movement of traffic at 80 km per hour.
The three major corridors include:
- North-South Corridor 1: Hebbal Flyover to Central Silk Board
- East-West Corridor 1: K R Puram to Gorguntepalaya
- East-West Corridor 2: Varthur Kodi to Jnanabharthi Junction
Estimated cost of the project: Between Rs 25,000 crore and Rs 26,000 crore
Other Details: Designed as a central loop of elevated roads, the project will span across the length and breadth of the city connecting North-South, East-West, and the central parts together. The project would be developed on a Public-Private Partnership model, wherein the overall cost would be borne by the State and the developer in a 40:60 ratio.
Completion year: The work on the said project is likely to begin soon, and is expected to be completed in the next eight-ten years.
Impact on real estate
Spanning across some of the major peripheries of Bangalore, the project holds the potential to change the face of real estate in Bangalore. Not only will it facilitate the communication patterns, but will also boost housing demand in the connecting localities. Sharing his views on the impact of the elevated corridor in Bangalore, Vishal Parwani, Owner, SSB Properties, avers, “The project would help ease congestion and vehicular movement on the ring roads. The Varthur Road is expected to witness a massive changeover with the enhanced connectivity. Additionally, real estate projects along the Old Madras Road are anticipated to see increased traction due to the upcoming project. It has often been noticed that people are reluctant to invest in South Bangalore due to traffic congestion, especially near the Hudson Circle, JC road or Bannerghatta-Hosur Road. The development will further provide an impetus to the growth of the southern region. Areas towards the airport, Old Madras Road, Tumkur Road, and Varthur Road are expected to benefit the most from the development of this project.”
Environmental concerns in the face of the elevated corridor
The citizens and the government are at loggerheads over the construction of the said project as there is a persistent belief that the elevated corridor will further deepen the traffic snarls and would lead to large-scale environmental damage. According to the draft feasibility report of the corridor, the project will result in a tremendous loss of the tree cover.
As per the Environment Impact Assessment Report, nearly 3,700 trees will be felled for the construction of the said corridor. A majority of these fall within the limits of the Cubbon Park - one of the iconic green pastures of the city. Besides this, the project alignment is expected to pass through and affect some of the major lakes such as Varthur, Agara, Ulsoor, Hebbal, and K R Puram.
The third major cause of concern is the amount of debris that would be left behind after the said construction activity. The construction dust and the debris left post the completion are likely to further contribute to the augmenting levels of air pollution in the city.
In the wake of persistent concerns from not only the environmentalists, the citizens, too, have voiced their opposition on social media, leading the charge with #ElevatedCorridorBeda (Do not want the elevated corridor). Notwithstanding, the government’s stance on the subject matter has led the environmental experts to opine that this is not the right solution for Bangalore.
Though the elevated corridor is meant to provide the much-needed respite from the heavy traffic, the project is facing massive opposition from everyone. In such a scenario, the future of the said project seems to be apprehensive as of now. However, if it succeeds in relieving the traffic congestion, as anticipated by the government, it holds the potential to change the face of Bangalore and its real estate market, tremendously.
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