NHAI floats tender for phase III Chennai-Bengaluru road project
| Friday | 20th November, 2020
In order to speed up the phase III construction work of the Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway project under the Bharatmala scheme, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has floated a tender. The 240km-long expressway will pass through various industrial and mining corridors including Sriperumbudur and Kolar Gold Fields.
In order to speed up the phase III construction work of the Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway project under the Bharatmala scheme, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has floated a tender.
AS per NHAI estimates, the construction of the four-lane road between Kancheepuram and Arakkonam will cost 858.93 crore. The 240km-long expressway will pass through various industrial and mining corridors including Sriperumbudur and Kolar Gold Fields.
At present, most vehicles from Chennai take NH-48 and NH-44 route (Vellore-Krishnagiri-Hosur) to reach Bengaluru, taking at least 6 hours 30 minutes for the 350km-journey. Once the expressway project is complete, travel time is expected to reduce by at least 90 to 120 minutes.
"Even if it was 100km less, this is a four-way compared to NH-48 which is largely six-way after Kancheepuram. Also, they have proposed to set up a toll gate here. So more or less, it is going to take the same time,” said G Ganesh, a trucker from Chennai.
A key aspect of this project, the Advanced Traffic Management System (ADMS), aims at uninterrupted traffic flow, real-time info for users, and round-the-clock emergency assistance, said a senior official from NHAI’s Chennai regional office. “Traffic volume will be displayed at a board near the proposed toll gate. Besides this, ADMS will help in automatic vehicle classification before it enters the toll lanes. This can help ensure that cars need not wait behind huge trucks, for which a separate (wider and longer) lane will be earmarked,” he added.
NHAI has also proposed an emergency call booth at every 2km-mark and CCTV cameras at various points to monitor vehicular movement 24/7 so that tracking those involved in accidents and other crimes becomes easy. Right now, cameras are fixed only at toll plazas. The successful bidder has been asked to report accidents or road damage within three days and restore damage within 15 days. The 25-km phase III stretch will have no flyovers, but seven major bridges over local water bodies, and a Railway Over Bridge near Govindavadi. Tenders, which were open on October 28, will be closed on December 14. It is an international competitive bidding process and bids can be only online through NHAI e-tendering portal (https://etenders.gov.in). A deadline of 730 days has been set for the concessionaire to complete the project.
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