Peripheral Ring Road: All you need to know!

How long can one wait in traffic while on their way to work or elsewhere? For many of us, the answer would be “Why would anyone want to wait in traffic, even for a second?” Some of us would say “Wish there was no such thing as vehicular traffic!” Now, with the escalating growth in employment opportunities and other development activities, it would be tough to find an expanding city with no traffic. For instance, when we talk about Bangalore, what is it known for? The IT/ITes Sector of course! In the recent times, people from smaller cities and suburbs are proliferating in the city for work-related opportunities.Thus, the Peripheral Ring Road is being built to increase the efficiency of the city.

At this stage, the city is highly congested with over-crowded road corridors and vehicular pollution. The Outer Ring Road (ORR), Bangalore is one of the most affected roads, as it is approached by daily commuters from Doddaballapur Road, Bellary Road, Old Madras Road, Sarjapur Rd and NICE Ring Road (NRR) for their respective job locations in and around the city. Considering this, the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) has been proposed by the concerned authorities of the state in order to ease traffic flow movement on ORR.

Peripheral Ring Road will pass through many prominent roads | Image credit: web
Peripheral Ring Road will pass through many prominent roads | Image credit: web

I was on a property visit the other day when the marketing person mentioned about the project’s close proximity to “Peripheral Ring Road”, which would probably be operational in near future according to sources. After doing a little research and browsing, this is what I found:

What is Peripheral Ring Road?

The idea of a concentric road named “Peripheral Ring Road” in order to decongest the city, germinated as the city started expanding beyond the ORR. This road will connect Tumkur Road and Hosur Road while tracing the city’s current border.  With an overall length of 116 km, this road will come up in two phases. The first phase would be expanded to 65 km with eight lanes on the main carriageway and three lanes on the toll-free service road on both the sides. It will pass through few prominent roads radiating out of the city including Doddaballapur Road, Bellary Road, Old Madras Road and Sarjapur Road. Coupled with the current NICE ring road, PRR will complete the full circle.

Proposed Peripheral Ring Road, Bangalore | Image credit: times property
Proposed Peripheral Ring Road, Bangalore | Image credit: times property

How does it benefit Bangaloreans?

Bangalore has always been one of the favorite options for realtors and home buyers. Reason being, the year-round pleasant weather of the city, inviting job opportunities because of the booming IT/ ITes sector and the appreciating business potential here.

However, the burgeoning traffic congestion, vehicular pollution, and over-crowded corridor have harmed the serenity of the city and have reduced its appeal to prospective residents somewhat. Currently, operational Outer Ring Road and NICE Ring Road are highly congested with the day-to-day traffic from the connecting roads.

Clip of traffic at Outer Ring Road | Image Credit: http://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/
Clip of traffic at Outer Ring Road | Image Credit: http://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/

Construction of Peripheral Ring Road will decongest the city while improving the road connectivity among the most prominent areas. Moreover, its establishment will reduce pressure on the existing Outer Ring Road while integrating many national and state highways around Bangalore. An improved road connectivity will reduce travel time. As soon as the PRR gets operational, accessing North of the city would become more convenient. It would serve as an alternate quick route to Kempegowda International Airport as well. In addition, North Bangalore is the home for employees of upcoming Aerotropolis, IT, and Aerospace parks in that area. This will draw government’s attention to further regional economic/ infrastructure development and hence will improve the future real estate prospects.

Current status of Peripheral Ring Road project

Central Government is pioneering the Peripheral Ring Road project rather than local authorities after much back and forth between BDA (Bangalore Development Authority) and NHAI (National Highways Authority of India). The total project cost is estimated to be around Rs. 41,000 Crore as per sources (credit: BangaloreMirror). The project once started will take 36-40 months for completion as per information.

The project was first conceived in 2005. Issues which kept the project stalled so far, include: acquisition of land belonging to farmers, litigation, and the paucity of funds with BDA. Later, a series of protests for compensation from the farmers whose lands were marked for acquisition kept the project at a standstill till now.

With the role of Central Government in place, the project is now included under Bharat Mala Pariyojna. Bharat Mala Pariyojna is a project which was formed in order to improve connectivity in the country through roads & highways along borders, coastal areas, tourist destinations, places of religious importance & district headquarters.

For the PRR, an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) has been formed jointly by BDA and KUIDFC (Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation) in order to raise funds and add further momentum to the project.

Moreover, the funding risk is partly shared by the government which will attract the number of bidders for this particular project. The Government is thinking of hybrid annuity based PPP model. Here, the developer bears 60 % of the project cost while the rest would be borne by the Centre.

To conclude

Once operational, the Peripheral Ring Road, would resolve the traffic woes in and around the city. It will effectively decongest most of the prominent roads in Bangalore and the connecting radial roads. With improved road connectivity and blooming infrastructure, the city’s real estate sector will benefit, particularly in areas around where the PRR will pass by.

However, it is still tough to say if the concerned authorities have taken any initiatives to take the project any forward or not. One can only wait and hope for the positive outcome of it.

 

14 Replies to “Peripheral Ring Road: All you need to know!”

  1. Hi, we have been notified since 2005 and we had to abandon a fully constructed house with no clarity on future!! It’s 2019 and we still do not know our fates!! is there a body that can help us understand what is our right and how and when we will get any closure on this?

  2. When this project will starting because we are getting information about this from last 10 years but no improvement on the same

    1. Finance is the main problem. If a Global Depository Receipt Issue (GDR) is taken up for PRR Project, 42,000 crore Rupees can be mobilised in a few months from New York, London, Tokyo & Singapore Stock Exchanges.

  3. Please can I know where exactly the full map including the peripheral ring road passes through Railway Gollahally ( Tumkur road) and the subsequent road expansions. Bcz o have a land near by that area… Could you please send me the information….

  4. Dear Sir/Madam
    I here inquire about near Doodagubbi through Hirandanahalli in between Athina Township Bileshivale land Will go are NOO PLEASE GIVE ME INFORMATION

  5. Hi

    Could u please send me the full map including the peripheral ring road passes through kithiganur and the subsequent road expansions.

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