Projects on alternative roads to airport gain momentum

Projects on alternative roads to airport gain momentum

The Bengaluru International Airport authorities have agreed to construct a road within its premises and open an alternative road from its southwest corner of the airport, providing connectivity towards Whitefield and east Bengaluru.

In a letter, dated January 17, to Bengaluru Central MP P C Mohan, Civil Aviation Minster P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said,  “The management of KIA has already recognised the need and urgency for a second road connectivity to the airport for both operational and emergency reasons.”

The state government has already approved a proposal of alternative road to the KIA in October 2015. The process to acquire land for road development, for widening the existing road and for the new road alignments, is also under way.

The proposed road connects Jala-Mylanahlli Road from Mylanahalli to Begur to southwest corner of KIA boundary. “BIAL understands that land survey has been completed and preliminary notification has been issued for land acquisition,’’ the minister said in the letter.

“PWD has been identified as implementation agency for laying the road, and the road within the airport will be constructed by BIAL,” he pointed adding that BIAL is actively pursuing the matter with the state for the quick completion of the project
KIA is the third busiest airport in the country and handles 19.24 lakh passengers per annum. On an average, a daily peak hour figure of 23,799 PCUs pass through Hebbal junction which has become a permanent bottleneck. Meanwhile in a statement, the MP said that the second entrance will benefit passengers from the southeast, Whitefield and east Bengaluru considerably easing pressure on the Ballari road at Hebbal junction.

A study conducted by traffic police had pointed out that the proposed road will help at least 50% of the travellers and cut the distance drastically, the MP said.
 In a related development, Bengaluru Development Minster K J George held a meeting with the BDA officials on developing alternative roads to airport.
DH News Service