Along with the regular updates from the past week, we’ll have a look at some of the expressways being planned and executed in Indiyeah. :)
Just in case you didn’t check the previous post , I added info+pics of the new Nivedita Bridge that was opened in Kolkata last month.
- Metro Rails – Bangalore,Delhi,Hyderabad, Kolkata(LRT)
- Highways and Expressways – Contracts awarded + New Expressways
- City Infra – Kolkata,Mumbai
- Aviation Scoop! – Chennai,Kolkata modernization
Metro Rail Systems
Bangalore Metro Rail
BMRC this week released renders of two more stations! :D They released the renders of a station on MG Road and another station on CMH road. MG Road would have three stations and all six stations of Reach 1 have been designed by local architects in coordination with RITES.
The designs of the six unique stations on the 7kms long corridor spanning from Anil Kumble circle to Bypanahalli have been approved and tenders for construction of these stations would be floated in December.
Station on MG Road -
Some info from TOI -
” That was once a bund with just a walking path, will now see a metamorphosis — a kilometre-long lounge area with state-of-the-art design; furniture and ambience that will redefine travelling and dynamics of the city; an elevated station with translucent glass facade, which is designed to give a sophisticated look; a heritage centre with ergonomics for relaxation and to act as a transit area to catch up on the city’s history. The main station on MG Road will have three entries.
Above the bund, the plan features a path, street furniture, green embellishments — a lawn, flower-bearing runners and ornamental plants. The Plaza will act as a transit point with several walkways showcasing the heritage of the city — paintings, old Bangalore in pixels of black and white and a railway museum. The Plaza will be a glass and steel front high ceiling that will project neo architecture, an obsession with city planners.“
The Plaza theatre will make way for this heritage centre which is part of the proposed station. This is a view from the Church Street end –
And this is how MG Road would look in 3 years!
Station on CMH road -
The elevated station on top of CMH Road would be located in front of Arya Samaj. There will eight escalators , staircases, three lifts and a large parking area at the surface level to house 215 two-wheelers and 60 cars.
Here’s a rundown of the other renders released till now -
Old Madras Road station
The elevated station would be located off the road and in front of the Indiranagar 80 Ft Road. There will be a skywalk for commuters to cross to the Old Madras Road. There will also be eight staircases, escalators and a parking lot at this station.
Ulsoor Road Station
The elevated station would be located on SV Road in front of the police quarters. There will be five escalators, stairways, three lifts and a surface parking area at this station.
The Elevated station would be located on MG Road adjacent to Nalli Silks. There will be six escalators, staircases and three lifts with a surface parking lot at this station.
Delhi Metro Rail
Remember the controversy surrounding line6 from last weeks post? Under pressure to take the metro underground in South Delhi, the Delhi government approached DMRC some time ago to tell DMRC to alter their plans. DMRC has now suggested that going underground for this 4.4 kms stretch would cost them an extra 1000 crores. DMRC also warns that asking JCIC (Japan Bank of International Cooperation) for additional money outside the schedule may result in losing the earlier 2143cr(53% of total) loan all together. Work on this line hasnt started yet and would only start once JBIC grants the loan.
To add a twist to the controversy, just some 500 meters down the line from Greater Kailash lies the thriving business district of Nehru place. The Nehru Place Improvement and Welfare Association(NPIWA) wants DMRC to retain the original plan of going elevated on this stretch. They have also sent letters to DMRC to not delay any further. You never know, NPIWA might just launch their own campaign against the RWAs!
Here’s an artists impression of the line passing in front of the Baha’i temple just besides Nehru place -
And here are some pictures of the Line 2 extension near Green Park on Aurobindo Marg. Line 2 would travel underground till Saket and then travel elevated to Gurgaon.
Hyderabad Metro Rail
The Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) is going on a buying spree! (Well kind of). While the Hindu claims that 300 acres of land are required for this project, the TOI says 265 acres. However both agree on the fact that HMRL currently holds 223 acres of central and state govt land . Land for three depots at Miyapur (99 acres), Habsiguda (77 acres) and Falaknuma (17 cres) is being tranferred from the govt to HMRL and HMRL is confident that all the land required for the project will be acquired by October.
And Just like the other metros being built across the country,this metro system would be disabled friendly. It would have elevators, escalators and ramps. Moreover, foot over bridges would constructed on all roads surrounding the stations.
Along with the extension of line 1 down south to New Gharia and a new proposed East-West line, the West Bengal government has now come up with plans for a 3600cr Light Rail transit system that would run along existing tram routes. Absolutely NO land has to be acquired for this project and the state wants the central govt to fund 35% of the cost.
Here’s the proposed route -
From Diamond Harbour Road, the route follows the tram tracks to Esplanade and Moulali, via Lenin Sarani. At Moulali, the alignment heads for Shyambazar, via College Street, again along the tramlines. From Shyambazar, it runs through the middle of BT Road till Panihati
The route looks something like this -
Highways and Expressways
Era Infra Engineering Ltd was awarded the contract to 6 lane the 63.5 kms Delhi-Bahadurgarh-Rohtak stretch on NH10. Two bypasses would constructed around Bahadurgarh(13kms) and Rohtak(25kms) and along with that five grade separators and four underpasses.
Deadline : Sept09
The government approved Rs5,600cr to upgrade 4 NH’s from four to six lanes totaling 838kms. The stretches approved are -
NH8 – Gurgaon,HA -Jaipur,RJ (~240kms)
NH8 – Surat,GJ -Dahisar,MH (~250kms)
NH5 – Chilkaluripet,AP -Vijaywada,AP (~70kms)
NH1 – Panipat,PJ – Jalandhar,PJ (~280kms)
Expressways Planned and Under Construction
National Expressway 2 – Would consist of 2 expressways forming a ring road around the NCR
1> Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway - Also known as the western peripheral expressway, would be the longest Expressway in India at 135kms when completed in July 2009. This 4 laned expressway can later be expanded to 8 lanes and lies in the state of Harayana. Work was awarded to DS Constructions Ltd back in Feb06 and since then work is going on at a fast pace.
Some pictures from last year can be found here
2 > Eastern Peripheral Expressway – There has been no update on this expressway since plans to construct it were announced. According to this plan, the 6 laned expressway has further been divided into 2 parts -
a> FNG( Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad) Expressway (56kms)
b> Ghaziabad – Kundli expressway (49kms)
There was an article in HT some time ago about a Gr.Noida-Noida-Ghaziabad Expressway that was being constructed. This 25km long, 130m wide expressway is scheduled to be completed by Dec 2008. The expressway starts off from the Gr.Noida-Noida expressway and terminates at NH24 near Vijay Nagar. Could this part of the Eastern Peripheral Expressway??
Here’s a shot of it-
Back in April,the Harayana government had announced that it was planning to build a 267kms long expressway connecting the cities mentioned above. It would help to decongest NH1 and reduce the distance from Bawal to Ambala by 50kms while obviously reducing the traveling time. Right now a consultant is appointed to conduct a feasibility study and by March 2008 a BOT developer would selected to build the expressway.
This is how the route may look like. Along with that I added the KMP expressway route to help you visualize the locations of the expressways.
Bangalore Airport Expressway
While the new Bangalore International Airport(BIAL) would be ready by April08, the 26km expressway connecting the Outer ring road and the airport would be ready sometime between Jan-Mar09. The plan to build this 6 lane expressway was announced back in March this year, a little too late considering the fact that the new airport would be operational by next year. The expressway would be elevated for around 2 kms when it starts off from the ORR. There would also be a cloverleaf interchange at the place where it would intersect the BMIC Peripheral Road
Mr. Sudheesh Nair, our resident Trivandrum guru and SSC India moderator went to check out the new airport via the 6 lane NH7. Although he wasn’t able to see the airport due to security reasons, he noted that it took just a little over 30 mins to cover the 28km distance from Hebbal interchange to the road leading to the airport. From that point BIAL is just 5kms away and once the cloverleaf interchange is built, it would reduce the time from that point to BIAL to about 5-10 mins. That makes the journey from Hebbal interchange to BIAL to about 40-45 mins which isn’t that bad as it has been projected in the media. :)
You can catch the full report here
City Road Infrastructure
Kolkata Elevated Ring Road
The West Bengal government plans to build a 42km elevated ring road in Kolkata! The govt plans to soon float tenders for this Rs5000Cr expressway that would be built in phases connecting different parts of the city. The ring road will begin from Salt lake and touch Dum Dum airport, pass through Rajarhat, Chitpore, Bagbazar, BT Road, Tollygunge, Dhakuria, Alipore, and round off at Salt Lake.
The project will be implemented on a Build-Operate-transfer (BOT) basis and a detailed project report(DPR) would be prepared. If all goes well then we can expect phase I of this expressway ready in the next three years!
Mumbai – Eastern Freeway
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority(MMRDA) plans to construct a 26km long Eastern Freeway in Mumbai. The 4 lane freeway would connect South Mumbai to Ghatkopar and would have entry/exit ramps and interchanges along the way,connecting important roads including the Nhava-Sewri transharbor link. The expressway would pass through the Mumbai port vicinity and run parallel to P. D’mello Road. It would be built in 3 phases and the last 9 kms would be elevated. Work is
expected to begin this October and it would take three years for it to be constructed.
Chennai,Kolkata Airport modernization kicks off ;)
The plan to modernize the Chennai and Kolkata airports kicked off last week. AAI plans to invest Rs2000cr in each airport to construct new terminals, additional runways and taxiways. Designs of the new terminals have been approved by the concerned authorities. Work has started and would be finished by 2010.
A second domestic terminal(shown above) designed by Frederic Schwartz Architects along with Hargreaves Associates and Gensler NY would be built. Along with the existing terminal, this new terminal would take the capacity of the airport from 10 million passengers/annum to 30 million which would be sufficient at least till 2015.
The new terminal building will measure more than 140,000 sq mts. In addition to that there will be 140 check-in counters, 60 immigration counters, 7 security gates (3 international, 4 domestic), 4 conveyor belts and 7 aerobridges.
The consultants for the project are Creative Group with Frederic Schwartz and Genslers from the United States.
Just like Chennai, a new terminal building would be constructed here as well. After work finishes, Kolkata’s airport would be able to handle 20 million passengers/annum which would be sufficient till 2015.
The terminals landscaping and design revolves around an abstract reference to the writing of Rabindranath Tagore of Bengal. The graphic nature of his writing is visible as large scale patterns etched on to the underside of the main roof as well as landscaped across the forecourt ground
Work on nine domestic bays, three cargo bays and 11 additional parking bays has already started along with construction of the new terminal building. In addition, a new ATC control tower is being built and automation being introduced in air traffic management and navigation. The new terminal building will have an area of around 180,000 sq metres. 104 check-in counters, 44 immigration counters, 25 security gates, five conveyor belts and 15 aerobridges will be the other features of the airport post development.
The consultants for the modernization of this airport is a consortium of Indian firms partnering with Hong Kong’s RMJM and a Paris-based firm ADPI.
more updates@ the Indian aviation thread
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