With the steel flyover project stuck in a legal tangle, government agencies are acting fast on alternative road projects to link the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) with various points of the city. The public works department has submitted a proposal to widen KR Puram-Budigere Road to a four-lane highway. M Lakshminarayana, principal secretary for PWD and transport department, said: “We are planning to widen Budigere Road and are awaiting government approval. The plan is to make the single road into a four-lane to facilitate flyers and freight movement to the airport from eastern and south eastern parts of the city.”
The state highway-104 goes hrough Singanahalli that connects Budigere Road in the south and KIA on the northeastern side. It starts from the Bengaluru-Tirupati highway enroute to Nellurhalli. This is already a 20-km distance and will take roughly 30 minutes for citizens to reach the airport from Begur village.
BIAL has planned to open a gate towards Begur on the southern side of the airport, where it’s constructing a second runway; a terminal will also come up. The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) had suggested to connect Metro to KIA from KR Puram via Budigere Cross and Sathnur, and many citizens living in Whitefield, Bellandur and Sarjapur were in favour of this.
Chief minister Siddaramaiah visited these villages on October 17, a day after citizens formed a human chain along Ballari Road against the government’s decision to cut 812 trees for the flyover project without detailed public consultation. He inspected the Thanisandra and Hennur roads that meet at Bagalur leading to OI Mylanahalli village and said they will be developed as alter native routes to the airport.
KIADB has already started acquisition of 13 acres and three guntas from three villages in the southern side of the airport towards the second terminal–Mylanahalli, Chikkana halli and Begur. KIADB has asked PWD to release Rs 55 crore in advance as acquisition A deposit to be paid to villagers. “The price advisory committee meeting will be conducted after final notifications issued as per the KIADB Act,” said Pankaj Kumar Pandey, CEO, KIADB.
He said there’s no question of displacement of families be s cause 101 owners of khatas will lose a few guntas each of tillavble land. “The primary notification was issued and objections ct are being heard on November 22 and 23 before the special land nacquisition officer after which at a final notification will be isto sued,” Pandey added.
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