From Chaos to Convenience! Bengaluru's Plan for a Traffic-Free Future

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Bengaluru is about to get a snazzy underground road network that spans a mind-boggling 99 kilometers. Yes, you heard that right! The Bengaluru state government is planning to transform the proposed elevated corridor into a subterranean marvel. And with a budget of approximately Rs 500 billion, they're looking to make it happen through a public-private partnership. Talk about going big or going home!

This ambitious project will rely on a hybrid annuity model, with the government chipping in some dough while recovering the investment through tolls. If everything falls into place, Bengaluru might just earn the bragging rights for having the world's longest network of tunnel highways. Move over, rest of the world!

Partners in Progress: Government and Private Sector Join Forces

Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar, who also happens to be in charge of the Bengaluru Development Department, proposed this idea during a recent review meeting. And guess who he met with? The fine folks from Aecom, an international consultancy firm known for their expertise in tunnel road projects.

Out with the Old, In with the Underground: Bye-Bye, Elevated Corridors!

Now, here's the juicy part. If this tunnel road proposal gets the green light, the government will scrap the elevated corridor project. The new network will feature three major corridors, connecting various parts of the city. You've got the North-South Corridor, linking Yelahanka to Silk Board Junction, and not one, but two East-West Corridors, connecting K.R. Puram and Goraguntepalya, as well as Varthur Kodi and Jnanabharathi. That's a whopping 99 kilometers of road-tripping bliss!

But let's get back to the present. This project is a game-changer, a much-needed expansion of the city's roadways to combat the ever-growing traffic congestion. And hey, going underground has its perks! No more disruptions during construction or after completion like those pesky elevated corridors. Plus, we can bid farewell to the concerns of tree-cutting. The Minister has got it all figured out, folks!

Keep your eyes on Bengaluru. With its upcoming tunnel highway network, this city is about to take road travel to a whole new level.

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