The Peripheral Ring Road is back. Not much new as far as the specs are concerned, but the big changes are, one, BDA (state govt) will be executing it, not NHAI (central govt) and two, it will be a PPP project.
[Pic: PRR Ph I as in 2005]
- 100 meters wide, 4 lanes each way, including 2 edge lanes dedicated for buses.
- 12 m wide center median for 'future' use (example cited - elevated mono rail)
- Tolled road. Though no clear documentation yet on the exits and interchanges
- Expect interchanges with all National highways for sure
- Phase 1 (60 km) will be taken up first. This would be the north east loop (Tumkur Road to Hosur Road cutting across via Old Madras Road, Malur).
- Claims of completing PRR Phase 1 in 30 months (TOI carried this, not Business-standard). Remember, the project concept is now 7-10 years old depending on whose claim you believe :)
- No mention yet of "intermodal" exchange (Metro to BRTS on PRR). But thats okay, I think PRR's primary purpose is to connect peripheral areas (ITPL to E-City for example) so that a lot of vehicles can just avoid the main city. Think of it as a modern version of "bye-pass" roads of old days.
Want to know more about PRR? Head to BDA website - Peripheral Ring Road
Sounds good, but I am interested in alignment of Phase II of PRR (the South loop). and its offset from NICE Peripheral road being done as part of BMIC. Two such high density roads so close to each other (and both tolled!) is perhaps not a good idea.
[Pic of phase II as in late 2005, source: BDA website back then]