Bengaluru: The Bengaluru Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project, which has been in the pipeline for almost a decade, received administrative approval from the State Cabinet on Wednesday February 9.
Speaking to mediapersons Law Minister J. C. Madhuswamy informed that the Cabinet has approved inviting tenders for the project, and the government wants to ensure that it is implemented as soon as possible. The PRR is a 73.50-km stretch of road with a width of 100m. Hessaraghatta Road, Doddaballapur Road, Ballari Road, Hennur Road, Old Madras Road, Hoskote Road, and Sarjapur Road will be used to connect Tumakuru and Hosur roads. The project is estimated to cost about Rs. 21,000 crore.
The government intends to proceed with the public-private partnership model of design, build, finance, operate and transfer (PPP-DBFOT). In light of this, the Cabinet has agreed to lease the PRR to a private company for 50 years, with the company responsible for land acquisition, construction, and maintenance before returning it to the government at the end of the lease period.
Due to land acquisition concerns, the project has been put on hold.
The Supreme Court recently ordered that the issue be resolved. The government estimates that 2,560 acres of land will be required for the project.
According to a Cabinet note, the outer ring road was built to ease traffic congestion, but it has exceeded its capacity. According to the notice, the PRR is a traffic solution for the ORR.