5 Exciting Things You Need to Know About the Proposed Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway

April 19, 2017, Chennai

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Chennai, April 19:  The proposed 265-km six-lane expressway between Bengaluru and Chennai is expected to get the Centre’s nod by June this year. By March next year, work on the proposed project is likely to begin. This road, which passes through Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, is expected to cut travel time to Bengaluru since the existing road via Sriperumbudur is carrying vehicles beyond capacity.

There would be 60 major bridges, 97 minor bridges, four road over bridges at railway crossings, nine flyovers and three elephant passes will be constructed along this expressway. 

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari made an announcement to this effect at a review meeting of NHAI projects in New Delhi on Tuesday. Besides Bengaluru-Chennai, the government will also sanction Mumbai-Vadodara and Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressways by June, the minister said. 

Here's everything that we know about this expressway:

1. This 262km long six lane express way will be built along the same lines as Pune-Mumbai expressway.

2. According to reports this proposed expressway will cut down the commute time from 6-8 hours to just 4 hours. 
Bengaluru and Chennai are currently connected by two highways: One runs 335-km via Kolar, Chittoor, Ranipet and Kanchipuram, while the other runs 372-km via Krishnagiri and Ranipet. The new corridor has been planned in such a way that it will originate at Hoskote on Bengaluru outskirts where NH-4 meets NH-207, and ends at Sriperumbudar, 40 km from Chennai city. 

3. This expressway will allow vehicles to travel to speed up to 120kmph. (Beware of accidents)

4. NHAI has projected that the peak traffic in this corridor will be between 45,000 to 60,000 passenger car units on each of the three lanes a day.

5. Specially designed elephant passes is set to construct in this expressway. This road passes through 7 km of the Royal Elephant Reserve in Andhra Pradesh, and about 300 metres of the Mahimandalam forest in Vellore district. The paths of the elephants would not be disrupted in any manner. Subways would be constructed for vehicles to take. So you may enjoy nature without disturbing wild animals.