Signal-free airport road remains a pipe dream

After work had began on the underpass, the venture was termed ‘unscientific’ and scrapped

Have you ever questioned why you need to take a service road simply earlier than the airport toll plaza? Well, that’s as a result of the long-pending underpass earlier than the toll plaza, for which work had began, is now mentioned to be based mostly on an ‘unscientific plan.’ Hence work has stopped on the underpass and the venture has been scrapped, making the formidable signal-free road to the airport a mirage. A brand new design has been offered to the centre however approvals are awaited. But moreover the design, there have been different hurdles.

A senior NHAI official informed Bangalore Mirror, “The earlier design has been rejected as it would create hurdles for motorists while negotiating the entry to the underpass. Hence, we have proposed a new design which is yet to be approved by the Centre. The project can take off only later.” As of now, a portion of the road has been dug up and barricades positioned to divert site visitors on to the service road. As the venture is unlikely to begin anytime quickly, the deviation will likely be a norm for a few extra months (if not for years).

The work has been assigned to the involved concessionaire who will likely be chargeable for the development and upkeep of the underpass

— NHAI official

Timing just isn’t proper

The NHAI needed to take up the underpass work in mid-2016, nevertheless police denied permission saying that the work might transcend 2017 and it could have an effect on the site visitors stream in the course of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (which Bengaluru was internet hosting for the primary time) after which subsequently, the Aero India present was given as the explanation to place off the venture.

Then, there was a change in concessionaires managing the airport expressway. Meanwhile, NHAI had taken up a pedestrian overpass and the site visitors police needed the concessionaire to finish it earlier than taking on the Sadahalli gate venture. When NHAI sought permission once more, the site visitors police division had mentioned that they would wish to attend till after Aero India 2019. When the work on the underpass was to start in mid-2019, the concessionaire was informed to finish the venture earlier than Feb 2021 when the subsequent Aero India present was scheduled.


The underpass would have ensured a signal-free road from Hebbal to the Trumpet Interchange. A ‘bhoomi pooja’ (floor breaking ceremony) was additionally accomplished a few years in the past. An official from NHAI mentioned, “The work has been assigned to the concerned concessionaire who will be responsible for the construction and maintenance of the underpass.” The earlier underpass would have had six lanes (three lanes on both sides) and work on it was anticipated to be completed in six to 9 months’ time.

Why the delay?

Despite constructing six grade separators between Hebbal and Trumpet interchange, the NHAI did not assemble one close to Sadahalli gate. According to an official, “When the detailed venture report (DPR) was ready for the development of the airport freeway, it was perceived that there was no have to assemble a grade separator at Sadahalli cross road.

However, as soon as the road was open to site visitors, Sadahalli cross road junction turned out to be a main bottleneck. Hence, as a momentary measure, a site visitors sign was put in to control site visitors.”


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