Bangalore Peripheral Ring Road: BDA Plans Narrower Width for Commercial Use
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Bangalore Peripheral Ring Road: BDA Plans Narrower Width for Commercial Use

The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project, originally conceived as a 73-kilometre circular road with eight lanes and six service lanes, is undergoing revisions. Initially designed to be 100 meters wide with provisions for a metro or monorail in the median and a cyclist lane, the government is now considering reducing its width to between 60 and 75 metres. The remaining space may be allocated for commercial development, a concept introduced in 2016.

According to a BDA official, "We had proposed a 50-year toll collection period when the project cost was estimated at Rs 140 billion. However, due to demands from farmers for compensation under the 2013 land acquisition Act, the estimate has risen to Rs 270 billion. We are now contemplating utilizing the 25-meter space along the PRR for redevelopment."

To address compensation issues, the BDA is considering offering land instead of cash to farmers in new layouts. Earlier plans involved acquiring approximately 2,000 acre of land beyond Whitefield and Yelahanka for these layouts, but concerns have emerged that land compensation could significantly delay the PRR's construction. A government source disclosed that the BDA has been directed to explore alternative options by studying similar projects in other states. The source emphasized, "No decisions will be finalized until the state Cabinet clears the proposal."

The Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project, originally conceived as a 73-kilometre circular road with eight lanes and six service lanes, is undergoing revisions. Initially designed to be 100 meters wide with provisions for a metro or monorail in the median and a cyclist lane, the government is now considering reducing its width to between 60 and 75 metres. The remaining space may be allocated for commercial development, a concept introduced in 2016. According to a BDA official, We had proposed a 50-year toll collection period when the project cost was estimated at Rs 140 billion. However, due to demands from farmers for compensation under the 2013 land acquisition Act, the estimate has risen to Rs 270 billion. We are now contemplating utilizing the 25-meter space along the PRR for redevelopment. To address compensation issues, the BDA is considering offering land instead of cash to farmers in new layouts. Earlier plans involved acquiring approximately 2,000 acre of land beyond Whitefield and Yelahanka for these layouts, but concerns have emerged that land compensation could significantly delay the PRR's construction. A government source disclosed that the BDA has been directed to explore alternative options by studying similar projects in other states. The source emphasized, No decisions will be finalized until the state Cabinet clears the proposal.

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