Mysuru-Bengaluru 10-lane Economic Corridor: 80 percent works over; wrap up by October 2022
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Mysuru-Bengaluru 10-lane Economic Corridor: 80 percent works over; wrap up by October 2022

December 9, 2021

Costs escalate from Rs. 8,066 crore to Rs. 9,366 crore

By S.T. Ravikumar

Despite project costs being escalated due to inflation, COVID pandemic and also new works that were not planned earlier, the 10-lane Mysuru-Bengaluru Economic Corridor is on the right track and it will be completed by October 2022.

Logistic challenges notwithstanding, 80 percent of the ambitious 117.304 km expressway — with a dedicated six-lane on either side of the two cities for high-speed vehicles and four service roads and paved shoulders — has been completed and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is confident of fulfilling the project within the prescribed deadline.

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Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha inspecting the ongoing works of the 10-lane Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway.
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Speaking to Star of Mysore yesterday, a top NHAI Officer said that the travel time between the two cities will be reduced to 90 minutes from the present three hours and people of the region would see how a world-class highway looks like.

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Mysuru-Bengaluru Lane-4

By May 2022, the first phase (56.2 km) from Bengaluru to Nidaghatta in Mandya district will be ready while the second phase (61.104 km) from Nidaghatta to Mysuru will be completed by September 2022.

The initial estimated cost of Rs. 8,066 crore has risen to Rs. 9,366 crore and it might go up further considering the rising cost of steel and cement, sources said. The costs have also escalated due to new initiatives like rest areas, entry and exits from six places and others to facilitate smooth movement of expressway traffic and also the traffic on the service roads.

Mysuru-Bengaluru Lane-6

The NHAI Officer said that 83 percent of the Phase-I (Bengaluru to Nidaghatta) has been completed and 78 percent of the Phase-II (Nidaghatta to Mysuru) has been completed. The target has been achieved despite the first and second wave of the pandemic, man and material shortage and late deliveries. Vehicles can speed beyond 100 kilometres per hour in the access controlled Expressway once it is dedicated to the nation.

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An elevated highway has been built on the road from the Rajarajeshwari Medical College to Christ University in the Bengaluru-Nidaghatta section with four bridges. Over 85 percent of the elevated section is completed and three bridges are ready. The fourth bridge is being readied.

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Also, a 3.38-km elevated highway is coming up at Maddur and one more that extends up to 275 metres is coming up at Srirangapatna. The NHAI Officer said that the foundation and casting work have been completed and works are on to erect the segment and wings. Bhopal-based Dilip Buildcon is executing the project and there is no problem for funding, he added.

“We had land acquisition issues in many stretches and there were visible gaps in the work. We have cleared all the hurdles now and simultaneous works are being carried out on both the stretches. The Expressway has four exits,” said Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha. He exuded confidence that the Economic Corridor would boost growth in the entire old Mysuru region.

15 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mysuru-Bengaluru 10-lane Economic Corridor: 80 percent works over; wrap up by October 2022”

  1. RAMPRASAD says:

    I have travelled on the road last week and it does not feel like 80 percent complete. Not a single bypass is ready and was able to use the new road for only a few kilometers. Not even 5 kilometeres of continous stretch is available. Mostly it was on service roads.

    It’s strange to see 80 percent complete news. Nothing short of a joke.

    Like they say in Pareto principle it’s the 20 percent that matters. I guess the 20 percent will take another two years.

  2. Dr R B Channabasappa says:

    I have been frequently traveling between Kengeri and bidadi from last year.i did not notice any significant progress of the work. I think it will take several yrs before it is completed.not only this road no national highway work in South Karnataka is making any progress.eg,,, Hassan Mangalore is languishing from past eight years, Bengaluru kanakapura road work stopped, not even one km is completed from past four years, very busy Nelamangala tumkur road six lane upgradation is a non starter , satellite town ring road of bengalur is not even 5percent complete, Bengaluru Chennai express way is yet start,so also Mysore kushal nagar. Tumkur Shimoga, hiriyur bellary ,hubli bellary, Udupi Karwar, raichur Sholapur,none of these roads Wil be completed during present tenure of modi.any body can talk tons,even can start work, but completion is different, that is not happening, worst is we are not seeing any active work being going on.modi and gadkari are total failure as far as road work is concerned in karnataka.manmohan singh and corrupt upa regime had delivered far better than midi gadkari , regime.

  3. APPACHU PK says:

    80 percent? U must be kidding me

  4. Devaiah says:

    claiming that 80% of the world is over is bogus and joke I hope these people know to calculate percentage this is wrong information and giving false hopes

  5. harsha says:

    Hassan Mangalore, Blore – Kpura, Mys- Blore, Blore- Shivamogga, – yes true… will take many more years before major roads in Karnataka will be completed.

  6. Chethan says:

    I have been frequently traveling between Bengaluru and Mysuru since from 5 yers did not notice 20 percentage of work is completed.

  7. User says:

    It’s a known fact that SoM is a mouthpiece for the Elected Rep & has promptly followed his statements blindly without any factual details. Any body in the World who drive on this stretch clearly knows how much work is pending.

    It could be the other way around. 20% Complete 80% Balance. People have seen how false deadlines have gone by. Also, Even when it was 4 Lane Travel time during normal conditions were around 140-150mins. Long weekend, Festive Season apart, travel time was under 2½- 2¾ Hours. A bit of exaggeration is observed.

    Finally, it clearly seems for a Showdown for the next term by the Elected Member through the Mouth Piece for sure.

  8. B RAJESH says:

    Focus on completion of bypass roads. This will give big relief to commuters

  9. Gajendra says:

    All on paper. No proper progress. Only hype.

  10. Shashidhar says:

    Jokers

  11. Satish says:

    Like everyone else says, it doesn’t feel like 80% complete, maybe 30-40% at best. I hope the kanakpura road stays intact till they work on this one

  12. Rodericks John says:

    80% done!!! 20% needs another year. Great planning.

  13. Prasadncn says:

    Pipedreams ..usual the contractor is in pocket of I fluently people and NHAI so gives distorted news of completion..40% commission ????
    Namma metro as well as this project more the delay more the merrier for corrupt ones

  14. Garadi Mane Questo says:

    This whole project is to encourage the car culture like we find in USA. There the population, in that large country is about 350 million, and in India it is 4 times that number in a smaller geographical area. Indians are good in multiplying fast!
    With this car culture, comes the plethora of illnesses-hear problems, lung problems, diabetes and you name it these car-bound Mysoreans have it! Then the gym, treadmill and forking out a fortune for this!
    This country is finished. The problem is Indians are invading Western countries in numbers, claiming they are skilled. They are no more skilled than any other countrymen.

  15. Ramprasad says:

    https://chng.it/yq8GQSTf

    Petition created requesting clarity on the reason for 80% complete declaration.

    Please consider signature for the same.

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