Mysore, June 12 (RK&KMC)- The work on upgrading the Outer Ring Road (ORR) of the city to six-lane road is in progress.

Fast emerging as the second biggest city after Bangalore in the State, Mysore, also a popular tourist destination, is witnessing increase in the number of vehicles. Keeping this in mind, the ORR was constructed at a cost of Rs. 50 crore by MUDA during the tenure of Sandesh Nagaraj (presently MLC) as the Chairman.

The four-lane stretch of 7.49 kms distance on the eastern side linking the Mysore-Bangalore highway and the two-lane stretch of 24.72 kms distance will be upgraded to six-lane road (for a total distance of 32.21 kms) under the project.

The ORR upgrading work has been taken up at a total cost of Rs. 21,902.50 lakh under the JnNURM project, for which the Central Government grant is Rs. 17,522 lakh while the State Government and the MUDA will chip in Rs. 2,190.25 lakh each. Presently, the Centre has released Rs. 4,380.49 lakh as the first instalment while the State Govt. and MUDA have released Rs. 547.56 lakh each.

The first phase of the work involves clearing the debris dumped on the right side of the ORR, filling low-lying areas with debris and soil, levelling the elevated portions, etc.

MUDA being the project implementing agency, contract has been awarded to KMC Private Limited, Bangalore, in four packages, with three years’ maintenance contract. The work, started since April 12 last, is expected to complete by Feb. 2011. Though Rs. 219 crore was earmarked for the project, the construction company has come forward to complete the work for Rs. 210.84 crore, it is learnt.

A sum of Rs. 2 crore will be spent on removing the existing metal streetlight poles from the road side and erecting them at the centre of the ORR and another Rs. 1 crore for shifting the concrete poles, work on which will be taken up under CHE-SCom supervision.

MUDA has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the stretch of ORR from Nanjangud Road to Bannur Road, which remains incomplete owing to land acquisition problems.

The Report will be submitted to the State Govt. shortly for approval, it is learnt. Once approved, the ORR would form a complete circle of six-lanes, for which another Rs. 100 crore is needed.

Salient features of the project

Three-lane roads of 11 metres width on either side of existing ORR, 5.50 metre wide service road, 3 metre wide central median, 1.50 metre wide intermediate median on either sides, utility crossing at every 500 metre distance, bus shelters at every 2 kms distance, 3.10 metre wide footpath on either sides, street lights along the median, paving blocks and protection works at the junctions and inter-junctions, 1x1.20 metre intermediate drains, 69 CD works and three bridges.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore